|Y2Y HEALS damaged forests and streams to INCREASE the habitat available for wildlife.|
(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.
Fortunately, 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 PROJECTS
- 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
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