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.)

THREAT

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.

OPPORTUNITY

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.

WHAT Y2Y IS DOING

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.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Donate: Make a donation to help restore Yellowstone to Yukon habitat and ensure nature has what it needs to sustain life. See how we use your donation dollars.

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Salmon-Selway-Bitterroot


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— Posted on Jan 18, 2019 12:21 PM in: Y2Y in the News
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The Southern Selkirks caribou herd once traversed the U.S.-Canada border. Biologists captured the last member of the herd this week. | Science, Jan. 17, 2019

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Statement: Environmental groups call on feds to step up B.C. caribou protections

— Posted on Nov 26, 2018 09:24 AM in: Media Releases
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Y2Y and other conservation groups send a letter urging Canada's Environment Minister to implement protections for Southern Mountain caribou in British Columbia.

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Conservation organizations purchase land to expand grizzly territory

— Posted on Nov 15, 2018 08:50 AM in: Y2Y in the News
Conservation organizations purchase land to expand grizzly territory

Y2Y and Vital Ground Foundation celebrate the purchase of land near the confluence of the Kootenai and Yaak rivers in Montana that will help protect and connect grizzlies and other wildlife. | Montana Public Radio, Nov. 14, 2018

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Discovery prompts Y2Y and others, including artist Robert Bateman, to renew call for government action on caribou crisis

— Posted on Oct 22, 2018 12:52 PM in: Media Releases
Discovery prompts Y2Y and others, including artist Robert Bateman, to renew call for government action on caribou crisis

Ottawa holds the key to southern mountain caribou survival: an emergency protection order issuable under the Species at Risk Act, should B.C. continue to stall on recovery actions.

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Should it be saved?

— Posted on Sep 06, 2018 03:57 PM in: Y2Y in the News
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With limited funds for conservation, researchers spar over which species to save — and which to let go. | Science, Sept. 6, 2018

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