Winter view of the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy, a key protected area in the Yellowstone to Yukon region. Image: Karsten Heuer
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Susan A. Holmes

“Washington, D.C. needs to hear the visionary thinking of groups like Y2Y. I’m excited to be part of the team and look forward to reporting back the progress made in the near term.”
Susan A.Holmes
Y2Y U.S. Connectivity Policy Coordinator

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Policy

OPPORTUNITY

Peel Watershed with People. Image: Juri Peepre
If protected, the Peel Watershed would be one of the largest protected areas in the Yellowstone to Yukon vision. Image: Juri Peepre
Policy determines what lands are protected, where development takes place, and how land uses are managed. These decisions affect our landscape beyond the administration of the day – they have enduring impacts. The issues that concern Y2Y, such as the survival of grizzly bears, reducing vehicle and wildlife collisions, and keeping some lands in a wilderness state for the benefit of both people and wildlife, could be more easily addressed if government policies were more favorable.

THREAT

Unfortunately, the policies necessary to achieve large-scale conservation often are not in place. For example, there are very few legal mechanisms, either in Canada or the U.S., that facilitate the protection of wildlife corridors.

WHAT Y2Y IS DOING

Baby Pronghorn. Image: Kent Nelson
In 2008, new policies were set in place to ease the 100-mile (160-km) migration route of the pronghorn through Wyoming. Image: Kent Nelson
Getting the right policies in place is a foundation for conservation success. Y2Y and its many partner groups are working with all levels of government in areas to create a shift in policy that will have long-lasting and multiplying effects for conservation. This includes municipalities (some of whom have adopted wildlife corridors into their municipal development plans), provinces and states (e.g. highway wildlife crossing initiatives), and federal jurisdictions like the U.S. Forest Service (which now considers connectivity under its new forest planning rules).

GOALS & CURRENT PROJECTSTheme Policy Map

  • Influence Canada’s Yukon government’s land-use plan to protect 80% of the Peel Watershed.
  • Influence the Alberta government’s land-use plan to increase protection for Alberta Headwaters.
  • Encourage a national network of U.S. wildlife corridors.
  • Promote inclusion of wildlife corridors in U.S. National Forest plan updates.
  • Y2Y has co-authored with The Center for Large Landscape Conservation and Wildlands Network and published a guide for US groups working to ensure that connectivity is included in updated national forest management plans. Download the PDF of the guide here

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Badger-Two Medicine: Too Sacred to Drill

— Posted on Dec 18, 2015 03:09 PM in: Updates from the Field
Badger-Two Medicine: Too Sacred to Drill

U.S. Department of the Interior announces plans to cancel Solenex lease in Montana's Badger-Two Medicine region.

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Telephone Town Hall: Success in the Castle Watershed

— Posted on Dec 01, 2015 04:09 PM in: Updates from the Field
Telephone Town Hall: Success in the Castle Watershed

Y2Y's Stephen Legault explores the 40-year campaign to protect Alberta's Castle Watershed, and describes what made it so successful.

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Badger-Two Medicine: Too Sacred to Drill

— Posted on Nov 24, 2015 09:51 AM in: Media Releases
Badger-Two Medicine: Too Sacred to Drill

U.S. Department of the Interior moves to cancel Solenex lease in Montana's Badger-Two Medicine region.

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Success in Alberta’s Castle Watershed!

— Posted on Oct 05, 2015 07:52 PM in: Updates from the Field
Success in Alberta’s Castle Watershed!

Thanks to your support in securing full protection for Alberta's Castle watershed, we just took one major step toward trans-border connectivity.

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Fight For Your Parks

— Posted on Oct 05, 2015 07:52 PM in: Updates from the Field
Fight For Your Parks

Development in national parks like Banff and Jasper has always been an issue, but have we finally reached the tipped point?

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