Achieving the Yellowstone to Yukon vision demands multiple approaches and the joint efforts of many local groups. Here are some examples of outcomes that the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative along with its partners, have realized:
SECURED CORE HABITAT
- two new Established national park reserves, Nahanni (2009) and Naats'ihch'oh (2013), that together are equivalent in size to four Yellowstone National Parks.
- Collaboratively purchased 550,000 ac (200,000 ha) of private lands, which secure key wildlife movement routes.
- Collaboratively helped influence the B.C. government to officially ban oil or gas development on 400,000 ac (161,874 ha) of land in B.C.’s Flathead River Valley.
- Facilitated the purchase for conservation of 17,660 ac (7,150 ha) in B.C.’s Flathead and Elk River Valleys.
- Established the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area, a 16-million-ac (6.5-million-ha) complex of protected lands and special management zones.
MADE ROADS SAFER
- wildlife overpasses on Highway 1 through Banff National Park. These structures have decreased wildlife-vehicle collisions by 80%, have enabled more than 140,000 animal crossings, and have been proven to promote gene flow.Inspired the addition of
- Influenced Montana Department of Transportation to require wildlife-friendly fencing along state highways in places recommended by state biologists.
- Since 2013, more than 600 mi. (1,000 km) of highway across Alberta, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming are in the process of becoming wildlife friendly.
HELPED PEOPLE AND WILDLIFE LIVE IN HARMONY
- coexist with wildlife, including erecting electric fences, reducing wildlife attractants, supporting bear spray rental programs and more.Funded more than 40 projects that assist people to
INFLUENCED POLICY FOR CONSERVATION ACTION
- Persuaded the Alberta government to list the province’s grizzly bear population as “Threatened”, opening the door to greater protection.
- Influenced a new southern Alberta Land-Use Plan that creates new parks and sets the stage for legislated connectivity zones in the province.
HELPED ENSURE APPROPRIATE DEVELOPMENT
- Commissioned essential research that informed a review panel’s assessment that negative impacts of the proposed Site C dam on wildlife and other values, in the critical connection along the Peace River in northern B.C., are not justified.
RESTORED CRITICAL HABITAT
- Decommissioned 25+ mi (40+ km) of road and returned it to natural habitat.
- Restored 41+ mi (66+ km) of streams to their natural state.
- Treated 1,706+ ac (690+ ha) of land for invasive plant species to allow the growth of native species.
- Planted 1440+ native trees to restore habitat to its natural state.
INVESTED IN THE CONSERVATION COMMUNITY
- Helped bring more than $45 million of new conservation funding into the region.
- Authored or commissioned more than 30 technical research studies that provide the scientific rationale to guide conservation work in the region.
INSPIRED MILLIONS TO CARE FOR KEEPING NATURE HEALTHY
- In 1998, sponsored then wildlife-biologist Karsten Heuer, who hiked the Yellowstone to Yukon region. His book Walking the Big Wild has enamored, inspired and educated thousands of readers.
- Inspired countless print, art and film projects that highlight the beauty of the Yellowstone to Yukon region and its need for protection including: a story on CBC’s The Nature of Things, a National Geographic book Yellowstone to Yukon, Yellowstone to Yukon Freedom to Roam and an internationally acclaimed art exhibit Yellowstone to Yukon: The Journey of Wildlife and Art to name a few.
- Y2Y media exposure has reached more than 90 million people and underscored the value of the Yellowstone to Yukon vision.
*This was last updated December 2014