Inspiring a connection to nature is one of Y2Y`s goals. Image: Karsten Heuer
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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:

Walking Y2Y
Yellowstone to Yukon: Journey of Wildlife and Art
Our Story
Our Progress

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Big Landscape, Big Vision

— Posted on Apr 14, 2016 01:27 PM in: Y2Y in the News
Big Landscape, Big Vision

"Today Y2Y is known as one of the most successful collaborative large-landscape visions in the world," says Y2Y's Candace Batycki. "This is largely because the core of their vision is coexistence."

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James Brundige's New Documentary 'Wild Ways' to Premiere in Aspen

— Posted on Mar 18, 2016 08:59 AM in: Y2Y in the News
James Brundige's New Documentary 'Wild Ways' to Premiere in Aspen

James Brundige's new documentary follows scientists and conservationists who are trying some innovative solutions to make room for wildlife. He calls Y2Y “the mother of all connectivity projects.”

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Yellowstone to Yukon keeps the ‘wild’ in ‘wilderness’

— Posted on Dec 23, 2015 11:30 AM in: Y2Y in the News
Yellowstone to Yukon keeps the ‘wild’ in ‘wilderness’

Montana’s Great Falls Tribune highlights Y2Y’s collaborative and often complex efforts to connect and protect the Yellowstone to Yukon region.

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Y2Y Announces Canadian Program Directors

— Posted on Nov 10, 2015 07:55 AM in: Media Releases
Y2Y Announces Canadian Program Directors

Y2Y appoints Stephen Legault and Candace Batycki to lead the organization’s conservation efforts from the U.S.-Canada border all the way to the northern Yukon.

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Teaming Up Along the Waterton Front

— Posted on Oct 05, 2015 07:51 PM in: Updates from the Field
Teaming Up Along the Waterton Front

Y2Y’s 2015 Ted Smith Award rewards three groups working to protect core habitat and wildlife corridors along southern Alberta’s Waterton Front.

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