Creating and sustaining connections so nature and people can thrive
Connections matter more than ever.
Y2Y is excited to welcome Jordan Reeves as our new Director of Landscape Connectivity as we expand our work to facilitate and advocate for the habitat connections wildlife needs to survive and thrive.
Bolstered by his diverse expertise in strategic conservation campaigns and a passion for community-led conservation, Jordan will lead Y2Y’s work in creating and sustaining these vital connections.
This work will center around progressing programs and pathways for safe wildlife passage, voluntary private land conservation, and stronger conservation policies for key wildlife corridors across the Yellowstone to Yukon region.
Collaborative work for enduring conservation
With a conservation career spanning several decades, including significant experience in the U.S. portion of the transboundary Yellowstone to Yukon region, Jordan has successfully driven strategies for enduring private and public lands conservation.
Before joining Y2Y, Jordan was Rural Advocacy Director for The Wilderness Society’s national Community-led Conservation Program. He also led landscape conservation campaigns for TWS in the Blackfoot Valley and Crown of the Continent.
Previously, he worked with the Nature Conservancy in Idaho and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
In these roles, working closely with local communities, organizations, policymakers, and elected officials has been key in building public support for conservation, community, climate and economic justice initiatives.
“One element that drew me to Y2Y is the innovative strategies to advance cross-boundary, international conservation, and leading-edge support for Indigenous-led conservation in the Yellowstone to Yukon region,” he says.
“One element that drew me to Y2Y is the innovative strategies to advance cross-boundary, international conservation, and leading-edge support for Indigenous-led conservation in the Yellowstone to Yukon region,”Jordan Reeves, Y2Y Director of Landscape Connectivity
“I look forward to learning from and contributing to these efforts, and the opportunity to work closely with Y2Y staff, partners, and communities, to ensure the landscape thrives and remains intact for future generations.”
As Y2Y’s Director of Landscape Connectivity, Jordan will foster collaboration across political boundaries, working at various levels to secure wildlife corridors that link core habitats in priority areas of the Yellowstone to Yukon landscape.
Jordan welcomes the challenge of helping guide and support the Landscape Connection team in executing Y2Y’s ambitious strategic plan.
“I’m also excited to explore opportunities to continue growing the program in support of both people and nature across this incredible, internationally renowned landscape,” Jordan says.
Communities, culture and the outdoors
Speaking to Jordan’s enthusiasm for working with communities and learning about different cultures, he previously served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama. Alongside local communities, he developed programs focused on environmental conservation and sustainable agriculture, regional sea turtle conservation and eco-tourism, among other initiatives.
These days, Jordan is based in Bozeman, Montana, where he enjoys the rural lifestyle, friendly neighbors, wide open spaces, and multitude of outdoor recreation opportunities.
“I love the opportunity to live close to the land with my family and our many animals. We have lots: dogs, cats, goats, chickens, and horses,” he says.
He is also a founding board member for an art initiative Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild, which celebrates the rich environmental, industrial and cultural heritage of the Blackfoot Valley in Montana.
Adding to a “wave” of fun facts about Jordan, he is a surfer and raft guide, and has spent many summers guiding wilderness whitewater rafting trips in the Sierra Nevadas, Cascades, and Northern Rockies.
“My family and I enjoy the outdoors together in many ways, but I’ll admit that my favorite things to do involve water. Family raft trips chief among them, but also family vacations to far flung beaches. But we hike, ski, mountain bike, camp, and go on long, rambling drives, too.”