The Yellowstone to Yukon region is a geography of hope, able to support people, all wildlife and natural systems. 

What we do

The Y2Y mission drives our large landscape conservation approach as we support solutions for connectivity, climate change, transportation, coexistence and more. 

Where we work

The Yellowstone to Yukon region stretches about 3,400 kilometers (2,100 miles) from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to Canada’s Yukon Territory. It spans five American states, two Canadian provinces, two Canadian territories, and at least 75 Indigenous territories.  

What we’ve accomplished

From helping people live near wildlife to advancing wildlife crossings Y2Y and more than 460 partner groups have joined forces to connect and protect this stunning landscape so people and nature can thrive. Learn more about our progress since 1993.

With your help 

Y2Y was created to harness the passion and experience of groups and individuals, like you, who want to keep this magnificent mountain landscape healthy and intact. Together, we are making this vision possible. Ready to get involved?

Hot projects

Together with our partners, we’re engaged in various projects to help connect and protect habitat from Yellowstone to Yukon.  

Learn more about some of our current hot projects and impact from past projects.

How we do it

To achieve this grand Yellowstone to Yukon vision, Y2Y protects core habitats, keeps these habitats connected, and inspires others to engage in similar work.

We highlight and focus on local issues that have implications for the region as a whole, and work with key people to stitch together this landscape.

Y2Y’s role is to set the context for regional conservation work by providing the vision for a healthy Yellowstone to Yukon landscape, and to bring partners together to achieve as a network what none of us can accomplish alone. Together, we knit together the landscape from one jurisdiction to the next.

At 3,400 kilometers (2,100 miles) long with a diversity of challenges and opportunities, this trans-boundary landscape demands a multi-pronged approach.

As a result, we undertake a variety of projects that aim to:

We work with willing property owners to secure land and maintain key connections for wildlife.  

We identify core habitat under risk of development and finds ways to protect it.  

We are a voice for the Yellowstone to Yukon region in advancing policies and practices that support the Yellowstone to Yukon vision.  

We help make roads safer for both human travel and wildlife movement.  

We support education programs and tools that assist people to share space with wildlife.  

We assess whether development is consistent with our vision and we speak out when it brings more damage than benefit.  

We heal damaged forests and streams to increase the habitat available for wildlife.   

We spread our vision for a connected Yellowstone to Yukon landscape via our ever-growing networks. 

Science creates enduring conservation   

As a science-based organization we conduct, commission, share or analyze the studies to guide our decisions, to tell us what nature needs and how we help tackle key issues like climate change. This work guides our collective efforts and provides resources to support our partners’ work.

Who we work with  

Achieving the Yellowstone to Yukon vision was and will always be a group effort. 

Y2Y believes in investing in the partners, organizations and students whose projects help realize the vision of connecting and protecting the habitat of the Yellowstone to Yukon region. 

Partners and organizations are not only supported through our partner grants program, but also we fund emerging projects that support our conservation goals. 

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows whose research advance Y2Y’s conservation strategy and result in tangible benefits within the region are supported through our Sarah Baker Memorial Fund

We are pleased to provide this financial foundation for the conservation community, because we know that it is only together that we will achieve success. 

Learn more about our partners, grants program and funding.

Header photo: Hiking in the Columbia Headwaters, Alex Popov