Inspiring a connection to nature is one of Y2Y`s goals. Image: Karsten Heuer
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“The Y2Y Initiative is a shining example of how public and private sectors can combine their energy at an international level to maintain the integrity of world-class ecosystems, including the human environment.”
Daniel Casey
Northern Rockies Bird Conservation Region Coordinator, American Bird Conservancy

Promoting the Vision


When united by shared values and a common goal, people can achieve anything; they have the power to transform an idea into a movement. The Yellowstone to Yukon region is important to the millions of visitors exploring its exquisite wild spaces, the millions of people who depend on the safe water, clean air and natural systems it provides as well as the more than 2 million people living within or adjacent to it. Educating residents and visitors about the value of the Yellowstone to Yukon region and harnessing their energy to protect it is one of the best ways to safeguard it.


Zev in front of water. Image: Karsten Heuer
Y2Y inspires a love of nature and encourages people to help protect it. Image: Kartsen Heuer
Much of the Yellowstone to Yukon region is under pressure from intense industrial development. Many government policies give priority to industrial use over protection resulting in additional roads, housing developments and unsustainable forestry practices. With more people than ever living in urban areas, there is a risk that many people are less connected to nature and will not understand the value of wild spaces, the need to recreate in such a way that respects nature, or the need to protect it.


Karsten with Y2Y Flag
In the late 90's Karsten Heuer walked more than 2,000 miles (3,200 km) through the entire Yellowstone to Yukon region.
Y2Y strives to inspire communities to care for the natural world; to teach them how to live with nature rather than against it; and most importantly, inspire citizens to protect it. Millions have been moved by the countless print, art, film and book projects that highlight the beauty of the Yellowstone to Yukon region and its need for protection. These include: the Yellowstone to Yukon: Journey for Wildlife and Art Exhibit, Yellowstone to Yukon: Freedom to Roam book and photography exhibit by Florian Schulz, Karsten Heuer’s 1997/98 hike through the entire Yellowstone to Yukon corridor and more.

White Bison. Doris Florig
Y2Y Ambassador, Doris Florig, creates life sized wildlife art using various types of fibers.


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Related Information:

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Yellowstone to Yukon: Journey of Wildlife and Art
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