Conservation work at Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) receives a boost with the addition of Scott Brennan as senior director of conservation programs.

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Brennan has built a reputation as an accomplished leader of local, regional and national conservation campaigns during more than 20 years working in Montana, Alaska, Washington state, Washington, D.C. and beyond.

To Y2Y he brings experience in government relations, communications, and diversity, equity and inclusion as well as significant experience as a journalist, science writer and teacher.

His expertise centers on large landscape conservation, wilderness protection, fish and wildlife habitat restoration, and sustainable economic development.

Formed in 1993, Y2Y is a joint Canada-U.S. not-for-profit organization that connects and protects habitat 2,100 miles (3,400 kilometers) from Yellowstone to Yukon so people and nature can thrive.

Brennan will lead Y2Y’s work advancing protected areas especially through supporting Indigenous-led efforts, maintaining landscape connectivity given a changing climate, and promoting people and wildlife co-existence in five states, two provinces and two territories.

“I have long admired Y2Y for its inspiring vision and its outstanding and highly respected staff,” Brennan says. “This opportunity to join the Y2Y team as it prepares to dramatically increase its impact is truly a dream come true.”

Previously, Brennan worked for The Wilderness Society in a series of state and national leadership roles and once served as Executive Conservation Fellow of the National Park Conservation Association. Brennan holds two degrees in environmental science and for five years taught award-winning university-level courses in environmental science, policy and journalism.

He has lived most of his life in the Yellowstone to Yukon region and he enjoys recreating and exploring the landscapes as an avid mountain biker, skier, backpacker, equestrian, and a lifelong hunter and angler.