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Winter Wildlands Alliance receives funding to protect wolverines in Idaho’s Northern Rockies

Awards support projects from Yellowstone and Yukon to connect and protect habitat, helping people and wildlife thrive.

Awards support projects from Yellowstone and Yukon to connect and protect habitat, helping people and wildlife thrive

MEDIA RELEASE | SEPT. 16, 2019

Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) Conservation Initiative is excited to be working with Winter Wildlands Alliance to support important work to protect and connect wolverines considering the increased popularity of backcountry winter recreation in the Northern Rockies.

Through this partnership, key collaborative work will proceed to develop winter recreation management recommendations for the U.S. Forest Service and other land managers to promote wolverine conservation in this important area. If not properly managed, or caught up in litigation, winter recreation could sever wolverine connectivity in the region, limiting the ability to protect this species at a broader scale.

“Y2Y grant funds will allow us to host collaborative and educational meetings in order to raise awareness around the latest research concerning winter recreation impacts to wolverines and develop recommendations for how land managers can meet these challenges,” says Hilary Eisen, policy director at Winter Wildlands Alliance.

In 2019, Y2Y distributed a total of $60,000 US to support on-the-ground work such as this, building on their 25-year history of large landscape conservation. This funding is made available through Y2Y’s partner grant program and supports work in various communities from Yellowstone to Yukon. Applications for funding must be for a project that supports Y2Y’s vision and mission to protect and connect habitat so that people and wildlife can thrive.

“We are thrilled to be able to power important conservation work for the 20th year,” says Y2Y’s U.S. program director Kim Trotter. “These dollars will get projects going in the communities they are required in most and help wildlife and people thrive. The Yellowstone to Yukon mission only progresses through collaboration with partners working together in these ways.”

Winter Wildlands Alliance is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving winter wildlands and a quality human-powered snowsports experience on U.S. public lands through education, outreach and advocacy. Read more about wolverines and winter recreation.

For further comment please contact:

Kelly Zenkewich, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative communications manager,