Y2Y has created guiding principles that we use to plan and prioritize our work and to guide the evolution of the organization.

Y2Y Policies

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Last revised: Spring 2019

The Yellowstone to Yukon region encompasses the traditional territories and lands, reserves/reservations, and land claim settlement areas of many Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous nations have title to and/or rights and/or cultural interests within traditional territories and often have decision-making powers on land use and resource allocation.

The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) seeks to protect and connect the region’s lands and waters so that people and nature can thrive. One of the ways we do this is through engaging and supporting a variety of partners to advance the Y2Y vision on the ground, including Indigenous governments, people, and organizations.

The purpose of this document is to guide Y2Y in building and strengthening effective and respectful working relationships with Indigenous governments, people, and organizations.

Read our principles for working with Indigenous Peoples.

Last revised: Spring 2019

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) solicits and accepts gifts in many different forms that will help the organization further and fulfill its mission. All prospective donors are advised to seek the assistance of personal legal and financial advisors in matters relating to their gifts, including tax and estate planning.

Y2Y follows the Association of Fundraising Professionals Donor Bill of Rights. In addition, the following restrictions and guidelines govern acceptance of gifts made to Y2Y for the benefit of any of its operations, programs or services. Y2Y reserves the right to refuse gifts assessed in accordance with this policy, without providing a reason to the donor.

Read our full gift acceptance policy.

Last revised: Spring 2019

The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) is committed to the ecological integrity of, and long term health of habitats and wildlife populations within, the Yellowstone to Yukon region.

Within this context, Y2Y recognizes that hunting, trapping, and fishing:

  • are Indigenous rights;
  • are part of the cultural heritage and economy of the Yellowstone to Yukon region;
  • are appropriate activities within the Yellowstone to Yukon region, provided that they are conducted in an ethical manner that includes fair chase principles; and
  • may be appropriate means to help maintain or manage fish and wildlife population health.

In addition, Y2Y acknowledges the legitimacy of wildlife sanctuaries set aside from hunting, fishing, or trapping where wildlife populations can recover from the impacts of the developed landscape, to protect wildlife genetics from the impacts of selection from human-caused mortality, and which act as source populations for hunting, trapping, and fishing opportunities outside their boundaries.

Last revised: Spring 2017

The Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) region is one of the most intact mountain ecosystems in the world, and as such, is highly valued for its natural values and the benefits that these values provide to people. We believe energy production in the region should not compromise these natural values.

Parts of the Y2Y region have already been heavily impacted by energy production including fossil fuel extraction, wind farms and large hydro-electric dams. Associated impacts from pipelines, powerlines and related energy infrastructure have resulted in additional habitat loss, fragmentation and alteration.

Recognizing climate change as a major threat to the Y2Y region and earth itself, alternatives to fossil fuels must be developed and promoted. At the same time, renewable energy must be balanced with nature conservation efforts using a consistent approach that includes robust cumulative effects assessments and effective analysis of social and economic costs.

The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative strongly supports measures to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, and we believe energy development in the Y2Y region should generally emphasize renewable energy sources as we work towards a carbon neutral future. This will help abate and mitigate the increasingly negative impacts of climate change on the region’s biodiversity and human lives. Renewable energy includes those sources that are not depleted when used, such as wind, sunlight, rain, and geothermal heat as well as some run-of-river hydroelectric development.

Renewables support a clean 21st century economy while helping meet the needs of nature and humans. For example, solar is one of the fastest growing green energy sectors in the world. Renewables could not only help mitigate climate change and achieve nature conservation goals but also diversify economies and create sustainable, geographically distributed energy and employment. 
Guidance for energy development in the Yellowstone to Yukon region can be summarized as addressing scale, siting, science and social costs:

  • Yellowstone to Yukon is not the region to place large-scale industrial energy developments, either renewable or non-renewable;
  • Energy sites, particularly larger developments, should avoid areas of high natural value and prioritize already disturbed areas;
  • Energy should be developed using the best available ecological, social, and economic science in a consistent, balanced manner that considers core wildlife connectivity, lifecycle carbon contributions, community needs, and climate change;
  • It is imperative that regional cumulative effects and cost-benefit analyses be carried out before policy decisions are made; environmental, biological, cultural and social costs and benefits must be included in these analyses and presented in a transparent way for all projects. 

Last revised: Fall 2017

This policy applies to how we moderate comments on Y2Y’s social channels, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

We appreciate many may have different approaches to and opinions on conservation and we encourage comments, healthy debate and thoughts to be shared on our social media channels. However, please keep in mind we will not tolerate comments that are offensive, rude in tone, or abusive. Messages with racist, hateful, sexist, homophobic, slanderous, insulting, or life-threatening comments, as well as serious or inaccurate accusations, will be removed. We also reserve the right to ban and remove repeat offenders.

Last revised: Fall 2017

Guiding Principles

Please also see the following principles that guide our work in all other capacities: 

  • Y2Y uses best available appropriate science as a tool to identify conservation needs and support conservation outcomes.
  • Before undertaking scientific research, Y2Y first assesses the conservation issues, analyzes existing science, determines objectives, decides Y2Y’s appropriate role, and determines the most efficient and strategic plan to address the issue.
  • Y2Y works at the local scale only where the ecological significance is highest, where the threat and urgency are greatest, and where conservation capacity is limited.
  • Y2Y always strives to work cooperatively, flexibly, and in partnership with a diversity of stakeholders.
  • Y2Y works to reduce competition for attention and resources between Y2Y and our conservation implementation partners.
  • Y2Y always attempts to leverage our limited resources to achieve the maximum benefit for the least cost.
  • Y2Y tries to avoid redundancy, providing only programs that no one else is providing.
  • Y2Y strives to balance the top-down vs. bottom-up approach to conservation, providing support for grassroots efforts wherever possible to build local ownership and support for the Y2Y vision.
  • Y2Y continues to advance leadership and remembers that our leadership is in service of the Mission and Vision.
  • Y2Y strives to keep the long-term in mind as we plan and develop, recognizing that the protection, stewardship and restoration of the Yellowstone to Yukon landscape is a never-ending need.
  • Y2Y knows that conservation is our bottom line, yet we recognize that social and economic considerations will both influence and benefit from the achievement of the Yellowstone to Yukon vision.