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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Southern Alberta Land Use Plan Fails to Protect Key Landscapes

— Posted on Jul 23, 2014 06:00 PM in: Media Releases
Southern Alberta Land Use Plan Fails to Protect Key Landscapes

Alberta's South Saskatchewan Regional Land Use Plan failed to protect critical headwaters in the southern part of the province.

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Final SSRP Criticized Over Castle Protection

— Posted on Jul 22, 2014 08:00 AM in: Y2Y in the News
Final SSRP Criticized Over Castle Protection

The final South Saskatchewan Regional Plan has added more area in the Castle region to be protected, but critics say it is not enough to ensure the critical landscape of that area is preserved in its entirety.

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Tsilhqot'in First Nation Granted B.C. Title Claim in Supreme Court Ruling

— Posted on Jun 26, 2014 03:00 PM in: General News
Tsilhqot'in First Nation Granted B.C. Title Claim in Supreme Court Ruling

The Supreme Court of Canada has granted declaration of aboriginal title to more than 1,700 square kilometres of land in British Columbia to the Tsilhqot'in First Nation, the first time the court has made such a ruling regarding aboriginal land.

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Peel Watershed: We'll See You in Court

— Posted on Jun 25, 2014 02:30 PM in: General News
Peel Watershed: We'll See You in Court

Thomas Berger is headed north again, this time to argue for greater protection for the Peel River watershed.

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Upper Bow Basin Cumulative Effects Study

— Posted on Jun 17, 2014 06:30 PM in: Media Releases
Upper Bow Basin Cumulative Effects Study

New study offers promise for improved water quality and quantity and fewer floods in the Bow River watershed.

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