2014 ANNUAL REPORT
An interconnected system of wild lands and waters stretching from Yellowstone to Yukon,
harmonizing the needs of people with those of nature.
SECURE land and maintain key connections for wildlife
Protected Areas & Public Lands
IDENTIFY core habitat and work to PROTECT it.
Offer a VOICE that supports the Yellowstone to Yukon vision
Make ROADS SAFER for both human travel and wildlife movement.
Help people SHARE space with wildlife
SPEAK OUT about destructive development
HEAL damaged forests and streams to IMPROVE wildlife habitat.
Promoting the Vision
ADVANCE the Yellowstone to Yukon vision far and wide.
Making the Yellowstone to Yukon vision a reality demands a multi-pronged approach; it means protecting core habitats and keeping them connected, reducing wildlife conflicts with people, as well as engaging and inspiring others to work toward the same goals.
Y2Y works with groups and individuals on local issues that have continental implications; together we keep ecosystems intact and wildlife connected throughout the whole region. We undertake a variety of conservation projects to make that happen, with a focus on the following eight themes:
In 2014, Y2Y:
Partnered with 130 people and organizations to enhance collective impact in the Yellowstone to Yukon region.
Together with Partners, Y2Y:
Maintained protection for 14 million ac (5.7 million ha) of land in Canada's Yukon Territory.
Distributed more than $315,000 to support grassroots projects.
Supported the passage of laws to protect more than 650,000 ac (263,000 ha) of public land in the U.S. Rocky Mountain Front and Flathead region.
Participated in 45 conservation projects that protect habitat and connect wildlife throughout the region
Worked across sectors to set aside 17,668 ac (7,150 ha) of private lands in B.C.'s Flathead and Elk River Valleys for conservation purposes.
Reached more than 50 million people through media and outreach to increase awareness the Yellowstone to Yukon vision.
Contributed to a new land-use plan for southern Alberta, including protection for 135,000 ac (54,5000 ha) in the Castle River headwaters and 84,000 ac (34,000 ha) in the Pekisko Heritage Rangeland.
To make our vision a reality, Y2Y aims to harness the passion and experience of all those who care deeply for the Yellowstone to Yukon region—the many partner groups and supporters, like you, who share our vision for a healthy and connected environment.
We aim to harness the passion of all those who care for the Y2Y region
We undertake projects that focus on these themes:
Y2Y 2014 Annual Report
A Collaborative Effort
Since 1993, the amount of protected lands and other conservation designations throughout Y2Y has tripled – from 15 to 45 percent!
In 2014, Y2Y worked with 130 dedicated partners throughout the Yellowstone to Yukon region to make this vision a reality.
Thanks to all the organizations and individuals who support our mission and vision.
Y2Y works with multiple partners to ensure high-quality wildlife habitat is maintained on both sides of the border, allowing wide-ranging species to move freely between protected areas in the U.S. and Canada and throughout the Yellowstone to Yukon region.
Mapping the Wolverine Way
In 2014, Y2Y supported for cutting-edge research seeking to understand how wolverines move and interact in southern Alberta and B.C.—especially with U.S. populations south of the border. Led by wildlife biologist Tony Clevenger, the multi-year study tracks the little-studied species using non-invasive methods, such as cameras and hair traps, with the goal of learning how highways and other barriers affect wolverines’ ability to move long distances in search of food and mates.
With your support in 2014, Y2Y continued its lead role in the Cabinet-Purcell Collaborative, a trans-border group of 60-plus organizations working to restore grizzly bear populations in the Cabinet-Purcell Mountain Corridor—an essential step in reconnecting isolated grizzlies in Greater Yellowstone with populations in the Canadian Rockies and Crown of the Continent.
Yahk to Yaak
Y2Y expanded its collaborative efforts in the Yahk to Yaak region – a strategic corridor for grizzlies between Cranbrook, B.C., and Montana’s Yaak River. To ensure grizzlies in Canada stay connected to the endangered Cabinet-Yaak population, the Y2Y-supported projects improved habitat and connectivity in this key trans-boundary area.
Working Across Borders
The Wildlife Return
To show how effective road restoration can be, Y2Y supported the work of InRoads Consulting, a partner group that set up cameras to monitor wildlife activity on recently restored logging roads in the Yahk to Yaak region, an important trans-border region that extends from Cranbrook, B.C. to the Yaak River in Montana.
InRoads’ photos and videos prove why restoring roads is a win for everybody—not only resulting in high-quality habitat for bears and other animals, but helping forestry companies mitigate expensive issues related to washouts and erosion. On the Y2Y scale, these efforts will keep bears moving between protected ecosystems north and south of the border—from Yellowstone and Selway-Bitterroot all the way up to national parks in Canada.
Preserving Wildlife Connections
To learn more about under-studied bat species in the B.C. Flathead Valley, Y2Y helped to organize the first-ever “bat bioblitz” last summer and fall. Led by bat specialist Cori Lausen, the study focused on endangered bat species that have been decimated in eastern Canada by a devastating fungal disease, called White-Nose Syndrome, which is still spreading westward.
Lausen’s science team recorded seven bat species, including the hard-to-catch hoary bat—the largest bat species found in Canada. To raise awareness, the groups released a 5-minute video of the bat bioblitz made by award-winning filmmaker Leanne Allison.
Keeping the Flathead Wild
Fighting the Site C Dam
Before the B.C. government approved the $8.8-billion Site C Dam for construction on the Peace River, Y2Y had engaged in a multi-faceted outreach campaign to engage local partners and the public through action alerts and media releases. Y2Y’s opposition to the project is simple: combined with extensive industrial development in the region, Site C would threaten wide-ranging wildlife species and flood some of B.C.’s best farmland—forcing families from their homes and destroying sacred historical aboriginal sites. Y2Y continues to support ongoing legal challenges from partners aiming to stop the dam’s construction.
Healing the Peace River Break
Speaking Out for the Headwaters
In the lead-up to the provincial government’s land-use plan for southern Alberta in 2014, Y2Y engaged communities throughout the region, urging residents through email actions alerts, meetings and speaking events to have their say in the public comment process.
Gearing Up for Northern Headwaters Planning
As government land-use planning extends to Alberta’s northern headwaters, Y2Y is building support for a conservation vision to preserve the area’s wildlife habitat and corridors. Our focus centers on protecting the Bighorn Wildland, one of the few roadless areas remaining in Alberta’s foothills, and a vital core area for wildlife between Banff and Jasper National Parks and other protected wilderness areas to the north.
Safeguarding Alberta Headwaters
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