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


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.


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.


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.


  • 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.


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GET THE LATEST: Appropriate Development News

Y2Y Reacts to B.C. Government’s Announcement on Site C Dam

— Posted on Dec 16, 2014 08:30 PM in: Media Releases
Y2Y Reacts to B.C. Government’s Announcement on Site C Dam

Although there is still time to stop Site C from being built, the B.C. Government’s decision to approve the project flies in the face of opposition throughout the province.

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More Help in the Peace

— Posted on Oct 17, 2014 03:30 PM in: Updates from the Field
More Help in the Peace

Tim Burkhart joins the Y2Y team as Peace River Break Coordinator.

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Y2Y Responds to Government Approval for the Site C Dam

— Posted on Oct 14, 2014 06:00 PM in: Media Releases
Y2Y Responds to Government Approval for the Site C Dam

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative is concerned about Site C dam's negative impacts on wildlife movement along with heavy industrial footprint in the region.

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Protecting Alberta’s Headwaters

— Posted on Aug 07, 2014 03:30 PM in: Updates from the Field
Protecting Alberta’s Headwaters

As the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan enters the home stretch, here's what you can still do to influence a plan that works.

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Going For Gold on Southern Alberta's Land Use Plan

— Posted on Jun 05, 2014 08:30 AM in: Updates from the Field
Going For Gold on Southern Alberta's Land Use Plan

With a February 28 deadline for comments on the South Saskatchewan Plan, it's time to leave it all out on the political rink and keep putting on the pressure.

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