Winter view of the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy, a key protected area in the Yellowstone to Yukon region. Image: Karsten Heuer
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Appropriate Development

THREAT

Logging. Image: Karsten Heuer
Logging can have serious impacts on the natural function of a forest. New logging methods, however, reduce these impacts. Image: Karsten Heuer
Human development is essential; but if not well considered and appropriately designed, development in the form of oil and gas or mineral exploration, logging, dams, roads and even subdivisions permanently degrade habitats and displace wildlife. These projects can alter the natural order of nature, making it easier for predators to attack prey; they can cut off wildlife movements, affecting species’ ability to survive; they can decrease the resiliency of forests to regulate floods and droughts; and more. All of these factors pose threats to the Yellowstone to Yukon vision.

OPPORTUNITY

Development and conservation do not have to be in opposition – they can function in harmony by designing projects that make protecting the environment a priority. For example, communities whose boundaries encompass wildlife corridors can make wise choices to support the movement of animals that pass through. Logging operations are employing new techniques that preserve important habitats and protect stream sides. Even oil and gas operations are now using hand-cut lines for seismic operations. Despite this, many more improvements are needed in the intensity, nature and location of development. These changes will help to protect sufficient habitat and corridors to preserve healthy wildlife populations and abundant recreational opportunities.

WHAT Y2Y IS DOING

With our continental-scale perspective, Y2Y has a unique view on the impacts of many development projects within the region. In some cases, we advise groups that seek to undertake development in harmony with nature. In other cases, we speak out against projects that will do more harm than good.

GOALS & CURRENT PROJECTS:

  • Appropriate Development MapStop British Columbia’s (B.C) Site C dam. If approved, the $9-billion dam would be the third dam on the Peace River and threaten the long-term survival of wildlife and fish populations.
  • Make Highway 3 safer for wildlife and people. Running parallel to the Canada-U.S. border across the southern portion of Alberta and B.C., Highway 3 is a major barrier to wildlife movement. Y2Y is working with its partners to promote modifications that will make the road safer and less of an impediment to wildlife.
  • Heal B.C.’s Peace River Valley. With rampant industrial development ravaging this critical corridor, Y2Y is leading the charge to implement a conservation plan for the region. 
  • Influence Alberta Government to better manage its headwaters. The province is creating land-use management plans that will determine how land is used for the next 50 years. Y2Y is advocating that development in the region should maintain the health of Alberta’s headwaters.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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Environmental concerns about Olympic bid

— Posted on Nov 07, 2018 11:35 AM in: Y2Y in the News
Environmental concerns about Olympic bid

Conservationists, including Y2Y, ask the International Olympic Committee to remember Alberta's Provincial Parks are homes to wildlife. | 660 News, Nov. 7, 2018

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Pondering Greater Yellowstone's more crowded future

— Posted on Sep 06, 2018 09:51 AM in: Y2Y in the News
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A scientific conference, Tracking the Human Footprint, set to start Sept. 11 in Big Sky, Montana. | Mountain Journal, Sept. 5, 2018

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Alberta Parks rejects Three Sisters wildlife corridor proposal

— Posted on Jun 28, 2018 11:31 AM in: Y2Y in the News
Alberta Parks rejects Three Sisters wildlife corridor proposal

In a June 26 decision, Alberta Parks stated while the application had several positive aspects, the width of the proposed corridor at the eastern end of Smith Creek is “not satisfactory.” | Rocky Mountain Outlook, June 26, 2018

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Open letter to Canada and B.C. from Treaty 8 First Nations regarding Site C

— Posted on May 08, 2018 09:47 AM in: General News

Organizations call for suspension of Site C dam; new website launches to monitor court challenge.

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Ottawa orders B.C. to act to save threatened caribou

— Posted on May 07, 2018 08:51 AM in: Y2Y in the News
Ottawa orders B.C. to act to save threatened caribou

Conservationists warned this spring that some of these caribou populations have declined to the point where they are, effectively, extinct. | Globe and Mail, May 6, 2018

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