|Y2Y is a VOICE for the region in advancing policies and practices that support the Yellowstone to Yukon vision.|
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.
WHAT Y2Y IS DOINGGetting 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 PROJECTS
- 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.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
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GET THE LATEST: Policy News
U.S. Department of the Interior announces plans to cancel Solenex lease in Montana's Badger-Two Medicine region.
Y2Y's Stephen Legault explores the 40-year campaign to protect Alberta's Castle Watershed, and describes what made it so successful.
U.S. Department of the Interior moves to cancel Solenex lease in Montana's Badger-Two Medicine region.
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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