Y2Y's private land work is helping keep grizzly populations connected. Image: D Simon Jackson
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Gary Wolf, Vital Ground
“Y2Y’s financial support was paramount to Vital Ground’s ability to identify and protect crucial wildlife linkage habitat in the Cabinet-Purcell Mountain Corridor of northwestern Montana.”
Gary Wolfe
Vital Ground



Private Lands

(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.


Frog Bear. Image: Steve Ogle
Wildlife can continue to move between two mountain ranges near Creston, B.C. thanks to private land purchases for conservation.
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.


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.

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Related Information:

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Central Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks

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