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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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.


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.


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).


  • 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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UCP government to scrap plans to protect Bighorn Country

— Posted on May 10, 2019 08:04 AM in: Y2Y in the News
UCP government to scrap plans to protect Bighorn Country

Y2Y comments on an announcement from UCP government plans to scrap a proposal by the NDP to protect 4,000 square kilometres of land – Bighorn Country in the eastern slopes. | Rocky Mountain Outlook, May 9, 2019

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Canada's dedication to our natural heritage to be celebrated

— Posted on Jun 15, 2018 10:32 AM in: Media Releases
Canada's dedication to our natural heritage to be celebrated

Y2Y applauds today’s Target 1 report release and says this signals a significant advancement in addressing the loss of Canada’s wildlife heritage and wildlands. 

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Conservationists and recreationists celebrate land-use plans in Southern Alberta

— Posted on May 17, 2018 12:13 PM in: Media Releases
Conservationists and recreationists celebrate land-use plans in Southern Alberta

Y2Y celebrates the announcement of a Public Land Use Zone in the Livingstone Range and Porcupine Hills, southwest of Calgary between Kananaskis and the Castle Wildland and Provincial Parks.

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Celebrating big news for Canadian conservation

— Posted on Apr 25, 2018 08:56 AM in: Updates from the Field
Celebrating big news for Canadian conservation

Y2Y celebrates $1.3 billion committed to conservation in the 2018 Canadian federal budget.

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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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