Yahk to Yaak Project
“These are exciting times,” says Rebecca Lloyd, Y2Y’s US Conservation Science and Action Director.
Over the past six years, Y2Y succeeded in catalyzing a dynamic and effective collaboration of sixty plus conservation organizations, land trusts, government agencies and Native Americans/First Nations who have agreed on priority actions for restoring the connections among grizzly populations in the Cabinet-Purcell Mountain Corridor (CPMC).
“It is one of the most comprehensive, strategic, multi-dimensional, trans-boundary groups in the entire Yellowstone to Yukon region,” explains Lloyd. “They all agree this suite of on-the-ground projects will make both a regional and continental-scale difference to connectivity. And now we are about to get these projects off-the-ground.”
Y2Y Supporters Make It Happen
Y2Y funders and donors are making this strategic effort possible by injecting close to $1 million dollars into this critical area.
“This is a substantial investment,” says Lloyd. “We are fortunate that Y2Y supporters understand that by focusing on this area we can make a difference to the entire Yellowstone to Yukon region.”
Yahk to Yaak
These on-the-ground projects will take place in the Yahk to Yaak Focal Area. It is an area that follows the Yahk River starting near Cranbrook, B.C., across the border toward the Yaak River (same river, just different spelling) in Montana.
Projects will improve grizzly bear habitat, make it easier for them to move through the landscape, and connect habitat from BC’s portion of the CPMC, through Montana and into Yellowstone National Park. Habitat restoration will also focus on renewing watersheds for aquatic species, such as bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout.
Projects Include a Y2Y-led analysis of wildlife-vehicle collisions along Montana’s Highway 2 that will build on the transportation work already conducted in Idaho; a series of partner-led programs that will help wildlife and humans live together; and habitat restoration that includes decommissioning old forest roads and improving degraded habitat.
“These projects will help us build on the successes we have already achieved in the CPMC,” describes Lloyd. “And we are looking forward to getting them started.”