Restoring habitat takes many forms including using large equipment to pull up abandoned roads to return an area to its natural state. Image: Karsten Heuer
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Habitat Restoration

(Watch this video to see how Y2Y works with numerous partners to restore habitat to its natural state. Projects may include anything from removing old roads and dams to planting native vegetation.)


The central and southern portion of the Yellowstone to Yukon region is more frequented by people, resulting in large areas that are degraded by industrial road networks, conversion of native habitat to crops or invasive weeds. At a time when both threatened wildlife populations and a changing climate demand large swaths of intact and connected habitat, the extent of habitat loss due to industry and human activities is a significant challenge.


Y2Y recommended that Banff's 40 Mile Dam be removed in 2009. Five years later, the dam was finally torn down, allowing the waters to flow for the first time in half a century. Image: Wendy FrancisFortunately, nature is resilient. When we remove abandoned forestry roads, invasive weeds, and/or dams and culverts from streams and rivers, nature quickly returns. Not only does habitat restoration increase the amount of available habitat, restore the ability of fish and wildlife populations to remain connected, and protect ecological function, it ensures these areas will be better able to deal with future disturbances such as climate change. New studies also reveal significant benefits to the economy, as restoration work creates more jobs than traditional industries like transportation, infrastructure and even oil and gas. Read more.


Y2Y leads, coordinates and supports a number of habitat restoration projects throughout the Yellowstone to Yukon region that have strategic value in reconnecting fish and wildlife populations.

GOALS & CURRENT PROJECTSThemes Habitat Restoration Map v4

  • Restore habitat in the trans-boundary Yahk to Yaak area of the Cabinet-Purcell Mountain Corridor to restore connections among the area’s grizzly populations.
  • Support the Yaak Valley Forest Council fisheries and land habitat improvement project in the Cabinet-Purcell Mountain Corridor, which includes decommissioning roads, weed reduction, and more.
  • Monitor and evaluate restoration success on National Forests in the Cabinet-Purcell and Salmon-Selway-Bitterroot priority areas.


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'Ecosystems are unravelling': Another B.C. caribou herd could be lost forever

— Posted on Apr 26, 2018 12:01 PM in: Y2Y in the News
'Ecosystems are unravelling': Another B.C. caribou herd could be lost forever

British Columbia's South Purcell herd, which ranges north of Kimberley, is down to four caribou. | CBC News, Apr. 26, 2018

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Canada invokes previously unused section of Species at Risk Act to protect mountain caribou in B.C.’s Peace Region

— Posted on Nov 23, 2017 06:45 PM in: Media Releases
Canada invokes previously unused section of Species at Risk Act to protect mountain caribou in B.C.’s Peace Region

Y2Y calls for aggressive habitat protection and restoration measures

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Fragmenting forests threaten animals with extinction

— Posted on Nov 08, 2017 06:59 AM in: Y2Y in the News
Fragmenting forests threaten animals with extinction

One solution to combat fragmentation is to create natural corridors that link existing parks together. | CBC Quirks and Quarks, Nov. 7, 2017

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Wolf walkabouts highlight need for connected habitat

— Posted on May 05, 2017 07:40 AM in: Y2Y in the News
Wolf walkabouts highlight need for connected habitat

Dr. Aerin Jacob discusses why animals need landscapes at large scales. | Rocky Mountain Outlook, May 4, 2017

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Cabinet-Purcell Collaborative - Bearing Fruit

— Posted on Dec 06, 2016 03:15 PM in: Updates from the Field
Cabinet-Purcell Collaborative - Bearing Fruit

Featuring a diverse mix of wild habitat and human settlement, the Cabinet-Purcell Mountain Corridor is integral to the Y2Y vision.

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