Better together 

There are few comparable efforts anywhere operating at the scale of Y2Y, and there are even fewer that engage in such widespread collaboration. 

Y2Y’s role is to set the context for regional conservation work by providing the vision for a healthy Yellowstone to Yukon landscape, and to bring partners together to achieve as a network what none of us can accomplish alone. Together, we knit together the landscape from one jurisdiction to the next. 

Everything Y2Y does, we do with our partners. Whether it is other conservation groups, local landowners, businesses, government agencies, Native Americans and First Nations, scientists, or others, partners are the force behind the Yellowstone to Yukon vision. 

Idaho mallard banding
A mallard is released after being banded for a collaborating project between Idaho Fish and Game and Y2Y in Idaho. Image: Scott Rulander

Our work proceeds because we work together.

Even when the idea of connecting this gigantic ecosystem that extends from Yellowstone to the Yukon was first described in 1993, those present knew that to achieve this goal required more than good science and boldness.

It depended on enlisting the passion and experience of those who already cared deeply about the region and who worked in and with dozens of grassroots groups — it depended on this network.

Since that first day, more than 450 partners have joined forces to advance this big, bold vision. We are grateful for the contributions from these conservation groups, local landowners, businesses, government agencies, donors and supporters, Indigenous communities, and scientists that have helped propel this vision to where it is today

Our work with partners

For centuries animals have migrated in and out of Yellowstone. These days they have to deal with roads crossing their paths. Y2Y is proud to support organizations such as Wyoming’s Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation and Teton Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in our shared mission to make roads safer for people and wildlife — from elk to moose, bears to deer and more. Watch more videos of our partnerships.

What our partners say

“One of the valuable things that Y2Y brings to the table is this shared vision for large-scale connection and conservation. It’s really important.”

— Adam Switalski, Science Program Director for Wildlands CPR

Partnership definition 

Y2Y partners are defined as any individuals or groups that have, in the previous two years: received financial support from Y2Y (for example, in the form of a Partner Grant); been contracted by Y2Y to undertake scientific research or other work; participated in the development or implementation of a collaborative conservation plan or project in one of our Priority Areas or expressed support for the Yellowstone to Yukon vision and identified themselves publicly as a Y2Y partner. 

Working with Y2Y in any of the ways listed above, or being identified as a Y2Y partner, should not be interpreted as an endorsement of the Y2Y organization. 

Curious to know who supports us? View our foundation, corporation and government supporters.  

Proud of our partners

Since 2016, we are working with, or have worked with the following partners: 

Queens University 

Robbins, Elaine 

Roeder Mah, Sasha 

Royal BC Museum 

Royal Canadian Geographic Society 

Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) 

Seepanee Ecological Consulting

Sierra Club BC 

Simon Fraser University 

Smith Fellows – Society for Conservation Biology 

Stand for the Upper Elbow 

Take a Stand for the Upper Highwood 

The Nature Conservancy 

The Wilderness Society 

Tidelife Productions Ltd 

Tom Miner Basin Association 

Town of Canmore 

Training Resources for the Environmental Community 

Trans-border Grizzly Bear Project 

Tristan Brand Photography 

Two Countries, One Forest 

Universite de Sherbrooke 

University of British Columbia 

University of Calgary 

University of Calgary Press 

University of Idaho 

University of Manitoba 

University of Northern British Columbia 

University of Ottawa 

University of Queensland 

University of Victoria 

University of Waterloo 

University of Windsor 

Upper Columbia Basin Environmental Collaborative

Valhalla Wilderness Society 

Vital Ground 

Waterton Biosphere Reserve 

West Kootenay Coalition for Jumbo Wild 

West Kootenay Ecosociety 

West Moberly First Nations 

White, Victoria 

Whitefish Legacy Partners 

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies 

Wilderness Committee 

Wildlands Network 

Wildlife Conservation Society 

Wildlife Conservation Society Canada 

Wildsight 

WildWise Yukon 

Yaak Valley Forest Council 

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History 

Yale University 

Yukon Conservation Society 

Header photo: Allies gather and enjoy a meal following a trans-boundary strategy meeting at the U.S.-Canadian border, Jaime Rojo @iLCP