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Y2Y Brings Nationally Acclaimed “Wild Ways: Corridors of Life” Documentary to Missoula with Producer James Brundige On Panel

Y2Y is screening the nationally-acclaimed PBS NOVA documentary “Wild Ways: Corridors of Life” in Missoula on September 21.

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September 12, 2016

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) is screening the nationally-acclaimed PBS NOVA documentary “Wild Ways: Corridors of Life” at The Northern Rockies Heritage Center’s Heritage Hall (30 Fort Missoula Rd, Missoula, MT) on Wednesday, September 21st at 7pm. The film explores how the world's parks and wildlife preserves can be connected to function as the last enclaves of wild nature.

A panel discussion focusing on how the challenges and opportunities presented in the film play out in the Missoula region will follow the screening. James Brundige, “Wild Ways” producer from First Light Films, will be a featured panelist, along with local conservation experts. Admission to the event is free.

The screening is co-hosted by Missoula-based Vital Ground, who works with Y2Y to protect priority parcels of land for grizzly bears in Idaho and Montana. The film highlights the work of both organizations in northwest Montana. “Wild Ways brings big ideas of large landscape conservation to life with beautiful footage from Africa and North America,” said Kim Trotter, Y2Y’s US Program Director, “and illustrates how on-the-ground work protects the people, places, and wildlife we love.”

“Wild Ways” is a ground-breaking film that showcases the challenges of preserving biodiversity on a crowded planet. While national parks and preserves offer some protection, even the magnificent Serengeti and Yellowstone parks have become islands of nature in a human dominated landscape. This isolation can mean extinction for the world’s iconic wildlife – lions, tigers, elephants, wolves, and grizzly bears.

The film demonstrates how some of the planet’s most beloved species can be preserved by linking critical wildlife refuges through safe highway crossings and protected land corridors. From the Northern Rockies of North America stretching from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to the Yukon Territory, to Southern Africa’s elephant highways stretching across five nations, “Wild Ways” reveals the promise of connectivity conservation for our planet’s most cherished – and endangered – species.

A joint Canada-U.S. not-for-profit organization, Y2Y connects and protects habitat from Yellowstone to Yukon so people and nature can thrive. The only organization dedicated to securing the long-term ecological health of this entire region, their work is heavily featured in the film. “Wild Ways" director James Brundige calls Y2Y, “the most successful and thought-out large landscape project in the world,” and “an inspiration for many other connectivity projects around the globe.”

To learn more about the film, see www.wildways.us.

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For further comment, contact:

      • Kim Trotter, Y2Y US Program Director
        208-709-1114 | kim@y2y.net
  • Jennifer Hoffman
    Y2Y Development and Communicatons Director
    403-609-2666 ext. 4 | jennifer@y2y.net
  • Katie Holsinger, Film Tour Coordinator
    406-924-9209 | katieholsinger@gmail.com