Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative


Mission Statement

We connect and protect habitat from Yellowstone to Yukon so people and nature can thrive. 


Y2Y is a joint US-Canada non-profit, registered as both a 501(c)(3) charity and as a charitable foundation in Canada. We are proud to hold 4-star Charity Navigator status.
The Yellowstone to Yukon region is one of the last intact fully-functioning mountain ecosystems on Earth. That means that, unlike other mountain regions, we still have the same suite of wildlife—grizzly bears, bison, elk—that were present when Europeans first settled here. Our job is to keep it that way.
Y2Y is the only organization dedicated to securing the long-term ecological health of the Yellowstone to Yukon region. We take a scientific and collaborative approach to conservation and have worked with more than 450 partners, including conservation groups, landowners, businesses, agencies, First Nation and Native American communities, and scientists. We highlight and focus on local issues that have implications for the region, and work with key people to stitch together this landscape. Today, Y2Y is recognized as one of the planet’s leading mountain conservation.
Since our inception in 1993, we’ve collaboratively helped to triple the amount of land with some kind of conservation status in this vital region.

Program Details

Y2Y protects core habitats, keeps these habitats connected, and inspires others to engage in similar work. We are currently working on dozens of projects with some 255 partners and, depending on the project needs, assume the role that is needed, from leading or partnering on a campaign to supporting local groups that are effectively realizing the Yellowstone to Yukon vision on the ground. Some of our top initiatives include:
  • 1-Protecting vital habitat:
From B.C.’s Wild Harts, Columbia Headwaters and the Flathead, to Alberta’s Eastern Slopes, Y2Y is focused on protecting habitat that is essential for caribou, grizzly bears, wolverines and even pollinators like bees. These areas also supply millions of people with their drinking water.
  • 2-Securing safe passage for wildlife across roads and through populated valleys:
Y2Y is working with transportation departments in Alberta, B.C., Idaho and Montana to add to the over- and underpasses across busy highways in the Y2Y region, to create safe passage for wildlife and people. Y2Y is also securing wildlife corridors by helping to purchase critical private land parcels, often adjacent to roads.
  • 3-Recovering mountain caribou and wolverine populations
Mountain caribou and wolverine populations across the Y2Y region are declining drastically. We must take swift action to help them. Y2Y is working to protect their habitat and supporting scientific studies to learn where and how human activities are affecting these iconic animals.
  • 4-Aiding communities to live with wildlife
With our partners, Y2Y is working to ensure communities living alongside wildlife have the tools and skills to share space and reduce conflict. From supporting ‘Bear-Aware’ education, to programs aimed at securing food sources that may attract wildlife with tools like electric fencing, we are helping people and nature thrive.
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