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Hilary Young, Alberta Program Coordinator

Hilary YoungHilary Young is thrilled to be working with Y2Y in a capacity that blends her passion for protecting wild places with her background in ecology and conservation biology. Her experiences conducting fieldwork for her post-secondary degrees took her from the coastal rainforests of British Columbia to the hot, dry forests of Costa Rica and finally to the rugged beauty of the Alberta foothills.

Landscape connectivity was a key component of her recently completed PhD in Ecology from the University of Calgary, which focused on how animals in Kananaskis Country move at the interface between forests and cut blocks.

She has held contracts with CPAWS SAB focused on forestry policy reform in Southern Alberta, and the Arctic Institute of North America (AINA) developing a biodiversity monitoring protocol for mammals in the Arctic.

As Alberta Program Coordinator for Y2Y, Hilary works with a number of stakeholders and conservation groups to ensure habitat connectivity along the western margin of the province. Hilary’s priority areas are the Bow Valley region and the vast Bighorn Wildland region that lies between Jasper and Banff National Parks. She is excited to contribute to the success of Y2Y as a voice of protection of wilderness and wildlife in these areas.

Hilary and her partner, Jeff, moved to Canmore in 2012 when they took over ownership of the local yoga studio, The Yoga Lounge. They now have two young daughters, Clara and Paige. Hilary and her family spend much of their free time hiking, cycling, skiing and breathing deeply in the mountains.