Hiking in the Yukon. Image: Pat Morrow
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"I BELIEVE in connected landscapes; so connected that my children can walk from one point to another."
Chris Bunting, Y2Y Supporter since 2007

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20th Anniversary Celebration

After 20 years, Y2Y has grown from an idea to a recognized global model that reconciles the needs of nature with the needs of humanity.

Twenty years ago the Yellowstone to Yukon vision was officially conceived. Scientists and conservationists alike agreed that modern conservation needed a shift in thinking from protecting isolated parks to linking protected areas together at a continental scale.

Since that day Y2Y has grown from an idea to a recognized global model that reconciles the needs of nature with the needs of humanity.

And for good reason; Y2Y, along with 300 or more partners, have made significant advances to protecting and connecting habitat from Yellowstone to the Yukon:

• Some 30 Y2Y technical research studies help provide the scientific rationale to guide conservation work throughout this region,

• Lands managed for conservation have doubled from 10% to 20%, and include 460,000 ac (186,155 ha) of private lands that were purchased to secure key wildlife movement routes,

• And more than 600 mi (1,000 km) of highway and railway are, or are in process of being made, wildlife friendly, to name but a few milestones.

Overpass on Highway 1 in Banff National Park. Photo: Josh Whetzel.
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