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Y2Y Receives RBC Grant to Help Protect Alberta's Bighorn Wildland

“This contribution from RBC will help Y2Y protect and restore these critically important headwater forests,” says Stephen Legault, Y2Y’s Program Director for Alberta.

MEDIA RELEASE
June 2, 2016

Canmore, AB – The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a grant from the RBC Blue Water Project, a global program to protect freshwater resources. Y2Y will use the funds to help protect the Bighorn Wildland, a critically important headwaters region of Alberta’s Eastern Slopes.

Spanning roughly 400,000 hectares, the Bighorn supplies about 90 percent of clean water for Edmonton and other downstream communities.

“This contribution from RBC will help Y2Y protect and restore these critically important headwater forests,” says Stephen Legault, Y2Y’s Program Director for Alberta, the Crown and Northwest Territories. “These headwaters are like a giant water filtration plant providing clean, clear water for downstream communities. They provide habitat for threatened bull trout populations and are home to grizzly bears, wolverine and bighorn sheep.”

“With RBC’s help, Y2Y and its partners have already been helping to make the connection between healthy, intact headwaters and downstream communities like Edmonton,” says Legault. “It’s time to turn that motivation into action, and to protect these mountain headwaters forever.”

Since 2007, RBC has pledged nearly $47 million to more than 760 charitable organizations worldwide that are committed to improving urban water quality, enhance storm water management and protect and restore urban waterways.

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For further comment, contact:
Stephen Legault, Y2Y Program Director – Alberta, Crown and Northwest Territories
(cell) 403-688-2964 | stephen@y2y.net