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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GET THE LATEST: Habitat Restoration News

Was That Actually a Road?

— Posted on Oct 18, 2014 09:30 AM in: Updates from the Field
Was That Actually a Road?

Y2Y’s Rebecca Lloyd is Restoring Connected Watersheds and the Economy, One Road at a Time.

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What Are Those Little Bags Hanging From the Pine Tree

— Posted on Oct 08, 2014 11:30 AM in: Updates from the Field
What Are Those Little Bags Hanging From the Pine Tree

In this collaborative project with Montana State University, ingenious methods are used to protect important White Pine trees from hungry and destructive insects.

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40 Mile Creek Runs Wild

— Posted on Aug 07, 2014 12:00 PM in: Updates from the Field
40 Mile Creek Runs Wild

For the first time in over half a century, Banff National Park’s 40 Mile Creek runs wild.

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Study Affirms Y2Y Strategy in Cabinet Purcell Mountain Corridor

— Posted on Mar 03, 2014 01:00 PM in: Updates from the Field
Study Affirms Y2Y Strategy in Cabinet Purcell Mountain Corridor

Current research shows that the Cabinet-Yaak area is one of the only viable linkage zones that allows Canadian and U.S. grizzly bear populations to remain connected.

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When the Waters Get Too Hot

— Posted on Feb 09, 2014 03:00 PM in: Updates from the Field
When the Waters Get Too Hot

Y2Y Partner Story: Helping wildlife adapt to climate change throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

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