Helping people and nature thrive

We are on a steadfast mission to connect and protect habitat from Yellowstone in the U.S. to Canada’s Yukon Territory so people and nature can thrive.

And it’s working. See for yourself!

Since 1993, the actions of Y2Y and partners have resulted in a more than 80% increase in key protected area growth.

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Since 1993, Y2Y and partners have helped advance additional protected areas (shown in dark green on the map above.)

Without this network of connected, protected areas that gives wildlife room to roam, the diversity of plants and animals in ecosystems across the Yellowstone to Yukon region would be far less.

Each year we move closer to achieving our bold mission thanks to our community of supporters and partners. Here are some of the ways we make a difference for people and nature.

HABITAT

We work with hundreds of partners to make sure wildlife has secure places to call home so they can move, mate and munch.

Protecting core habitat

Our work identifies core wildlife habitat under risk of development and finds ways to protect it. Since 1993, we have increased protected areas by 50 percent, and improved conservation across an additional 30 percent of lands. This includes supporting three new Indigenous-led conservation efforts.

Restoring core habitat

We heal damaged landscapes to increase habitat available for wildlife. We have treated hundreds of acres of land for invasive plant species, decommissioned long stretches of road to restore natural habitat, planted tens of thousands of trees and shrubs, and restored miles upon miles of streams.

CONNECTIVITY

We help wildlife stay connected and remove barriers to their movement — essential to their ability to survive and thrive.

Enhancing connectivity between protected areas

By working with willing property owners, we have helped advance more than 550,000 acres of private land conservation in key wildlife linkages.

Making roads safer for people and animals

Y2Y advocates for infrastructure to keep wildlife connected. With more than 116 existing wildlife underpasses, overpasses and fencing, the Yellowstone to Yukon region now has more such crossing structures than anywhere else in the world.

COMMUNITIES

We expand our impact by working with and supporting communities and partners across the Yellowstone to Yukon region in their conservation efforts.

Investing in the conservation community

We have helped bring more than $60-million of new conservation funding into the Yellowstone to Yukon region to keep conservation moving forward on the ground.

Helping people and wildlife share space

We have long supported the proven education programs and tools that keep communities and animals safe, including bear-proof food storage bins, bear spray education, wildlife-friendly fencing, and more.

SCIENCE, KNOWLEDGE & POLICY

We collaborate on and deliver the best available science and/or knowledge to power decision-making and expand understanding of species.

Advancing science

Y2Y has been referenced in more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles to date. This work guides our collective efforts and provides resources to support our partners’ work.

Influencing policy for conservation action

Y2Y has engaged in the creation of global guidelines for habitat connectivity, area-based conservation targets such as 30×30, and their use in law and policy to implementation.


Conservation is collaborative

Y2Y’s impact reaches widely and prominently because we work with others.

Together since 1993, Y2Y and our more than 460 partners have furthered our mission through proven solutions that have tangible impacts for wildlife, people and wild places.


What happens when we succeed

At 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) long, the Yellowstone to Yukon region’s transboundary landscapes present an array of challenges and opportunities in order to support and sustain:

  • Wide-ranging wildlife
  • Safe places they can call home
  • Corridors to connect their mates, habitats and food
  • Healthy headwaters for clean water
  • Resilient ecosystems and communities of people

People like you are part of this solution.

Header photo: Grizzly bear, Shutterstock
Inset photos: Caribou, Shutterstock; Wildlife overpass, Adam Linnard; People in forest, Kamaji Ogino; Two people looking out into valley, Tristan Brand; Person canoeing, Tayu Hayward; Wolverine, Shutterstock