To achieve our vision across these 2,100 miles (3,400 kilometers) Y2Y protects core habitats, keeps these habitats connected, and inspires others to engage in similar work.

We highlight and focus on local issues that have implications for the region as a whole, and work with partners to stitch together this landscape.  

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. Collaboratively, we knit this landscape together from one jurisdiction to the next. 

Y2Y recognizes that communities need equal opportunities and rights to thrive, so Y2Y respects human diversity, equity, inclusion, and environmental and social justice, and opposes actions and policies that undermine these principles within the projects and work that we do in advancing the Y2Y vision on the ground.

Our vision 

An interconnected system of wild lands and waters stretching from Yellowstone to Yukon, harmonizing the needs of people with those of nature. 

Our mission  

Connecting and protecting habitat from Yellowstone to Yukon so people and nature can thrive. 

We believe… 

…in connection, not separation; in living with nature, not against it. 

…in considering the land at a scale that matters to nature, and in using science to guide our decisions. 

…in deep collaboration and authentic partnership, in doing things together rather than alone. 

…in the power of a big, bold idea to attract talent, passion and a community of committed citizens who work across political boundaries. 

…in hope; for if we persevere, future generations will have clean water, pure air, rich forests and abundant wildlife of the kind we enjoy today in the Yellowstone to Yukon region. 

Header photo: Steam rising off the Bow River in Canmore, Kelly Zenkewich. Inset photos: Shutterstock