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Conservation initiative adds two key staff members on-the-ground in Montana

Two new project coordinators based in Montana will work with U.S. program director Kim Trotter to connect habitat so people and nature can thrive.

MEDIA RELEASE | June 7, 2018

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) has added two staff to support conservation partners and restore critical linkage areas in Montana and Idaho. These project coordinators will work with U.S. program director Kim Trotter to connect habitat so people and nature can thrive.

As Cabinet Purcell mountain corridor project coordinator based in Troy, MT., Jessie Grossman coordinates the 14-year Cabinet Purcell partnership; work with Idaho Department of Fish and Game to implement a large restoration project on the Boundary-Smith Creek Wildlife Management Area; and work with individuals, agencies, and other conservation partners to ensure wildlife can move across public and private lands.

Similarly, as the High Divide project coordinator based in Helena, MT., Nick Clarke will work with partners in western Montana to restore habitat, protect key wildlife corridors, ensure safe wildlife passage across Montana's highways.

“Jessie and Nick bring extraordinary talent and skills to our on-the-ground conservation work in Montana and Idaho,” says Kim Trotter. “Their knowledge of regional ecosystems, passion for local communities, and relationships with partners are a wonderful asset in key areas of the Yellowstone to Yukon region.”.

Since 2009, Grossman has lived in Montana. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies, a BSc in Resource Conservation, and a minor in Wilderness Studies from the University of Montana.

“I'm thrilled to be part of the Y2Y vision,” says Grossman. “The transboundary region of northwest Montana, northern Idaho, and southern British Columbia is a critically important area for wildlife. I love the communities of this region, and I am excited to continue my work here. ”

Clarke is a graduate of Colorado State University where he earned a BSc in Natural Resources Management and graduated from the University of Montana with his MSc in Environmental Studies and Graduate Certificate of Natural Resource Conflict Resolution. In his spare time, Clarke also volunteers as an engaged member of other conservation organizations on wildlands conservation efforts both locally and nationally.

“I am very excited to work with Y2Y's amazing partners to further conservation in this important region,” says Clarke. “ I am passionate about Montana's landscapes and I look forward to helping advance conservation in the Missouri Headwaters, the Clark Fork, and other areas in  Western Montana.”

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For interview requests please contact:

Kelly Zenkewich, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative communications and digital engagement manager, kelly@y2y.net 403-609-2666 ext. 126.