|Y2Y works with willing property owners and land trusts to SECURE land and maintain key connections for wildlife.|
(Watch video to see how Y2Y is working with scientists, land trusts and willing landowners to conserve undeveloped lands of strategic value for wildlife movement.)
Wildlife need to roam to find food, habitat and mates. Some creatures, such as the pronghorn, migrate seasonally over long distances to escape the snow and find food; others, such as grizzly bears or wolverines, need large territories to supply their dietary demands and to maintain genetic diversity. The land wildlife must traverse to meet these needs includes private properties, where they may encounter impassable roads, fences, towns, subdivisions and other development. These can act as movement barriers that limit connectivity between local wildlife populations.
Scientific research is revealing key corridors that support wildlife movement in the Yellowstone to Yukon region. Many of these passages cross undeveloped private lands. Y2Y works with partner land trusts to conserve these lands using tools such as purchases or conservation easements that compensate willing landowners to forego development in these areas. In critical locations, this maintains continental connectivity that is central to the Yellowstone to Yukon vision.
WHAT Y2Y IS DOING
Purchasing private land has been identified as a key strategy to restore wildlife connectivity between three Y2Y priority areas – Central Canadian Rocky Mountains (CCRM), the Cabinet-Purcell Mountain Corridor (CPMC) and the Crown of the Continent (COC) – and across the US-Canada border.
The CCRM and COC contain important protected areas that provide core habitat for wildlife. The CCRM, for example, has the longest stretch of protected land (354 miles/ 570 km) in the entire Yellowstone to Yukon region. And the COC comprises the trans-boundary Glacier-Waterton International Peace Park among others. These large protected areas, however, are separated by private land as well as the busy Highway 3, which runs east-west.
The CPMC consists largely of private land but acts as an important linkage zone that allows wildlife to move between these protected areas and across the U.S.-Canada border.
Science has identified key private parcels in these regions that, if developed, threaten continental-wildlife movement and the future survival of various populations including grizzly bears. Working with our partners and willing landowners, Y2Y is conserving high-priority lands in these areas.
GOALS & CURRENT PROJECTS
- Private Land Central Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks: Conserve high-priority private land in Alberta’s Bow Valley that connects Banff National Park to provincial public lands and beyond.
- Private Land Crown of the Continent: Conserve private lands within known grizzly bear linkage zones along Highway 3 to ensure wildlife are connected across the U.S.-Canada border.
- Private Land Cabinet-Purcell Mountain Corridor: Conserve private lands within known grizzly bear linkage zones to ensure wildlife populations are connected across the U.S.-Canada border.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Conserve Your Land: Do you have a parcel of land you wish to keep wild for people and animals to enjoy? Contact us to learn more about conservation easements.
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