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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Alberta's New Government Urged to Address SSRP Shortcomings

— Posted on Jul 16, 2015 08:23 AM in: Y2Y in the News
Alberta's New Government Urged to Address SSRP Shortcomings

Banff's Crag and Canyon urges more protection for the Castle Wilderness Area in the Alberta Headwaters, with mentions of Y2Y, as well as partners CPAWS and the Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition.

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Blackfeet Demand an End to Drilling in Badger-Two Medicine

— Posted on Jun 18, 2015 02:57 PM in: Updates from the Field
Blackfeet Demand an End to Drilling in Badger-Two Medicine

The Blackfeet Nation and members of Pearl Jam release a new video to build support for protecting the sacred Badger-Two Medicine region.

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Under New Leadership: Alberta's Headwaters

— Posted on Jun 10, 2015 03:35 PM in: Y2Y in the News
Under New Leadership: Alberta's Headwaters

Highline Magazine just posted a story about Y2Y's Alberta Headwaters project, and how a new government may change the game for land-use planning in Alberta's watersheds.

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Should We Rethink National Parks?

— Posted on Jun 05, 2015 09:35 AM in: Y2Y in the News
Should We Rethink National Parks?

Conservation corners or places for leisure? Ecologists are calling for a radical rethink in how we manage our major parks and protected spaces.

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Protecting the Bighorn in Alberta’s Headwaters

— Posted on Mar 18, 2015 12:56 PM in: Updates from the Field
Protecting the Bighorn in Alberta’s Headwaters

Y2Y's Sarah Cox writes that big changes could be coming to the Bighorn Wildland area under the North Saskatchewan Regional Plan.

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