Y2Y delivers the best available science and/or knowledge in order to guide policies and actions that lead to lasting conservation outcomes across the Yellowstone to Yukon region.

What is the opportunity?

Y2Y has numerous scientific experts on the staff, board and council. We work with partners to collect and analyze data to inform pressing challenges to conservation, from specific species to cumulative effects on water and land to maintaining connectivity.

This provides society with scientific information that can help to more effectively conserve wildlife and wild places

Researcher in the Hart Mountains.
A researcher overlooks the expanse of the Hart mountains in northern British Columbia. Image: Tristan Brand

How we will accomplish this

Y2Y conducts and commissions new research; synthesizes existing science; seeks out scientific expert opinions; communicates what scientific information means; and/or, where available and culturally appropriate, incorporates Indigenous knowledge.

Y2Y works with communities to access traditional and other ways of knowing, including Indigenous knowledge. This refers to the understandings, skills and philosophies that come from communities with long histories of interaction with their natural environment and region. 

Not only does this work guide Y2Y efforts, we deliver this science to decision-makers such as governments and private landowners and ensure it is part of decision-making processes. Read some of our published research, reports and white papers, including those prepared for Y2Y and articles (co)authored by Y2Y staff.

The organization supports and collaborates with partners in their scientific work as well, including but not limited to Wolverine Watch, University of Northern British Columbia, University of Montana, WCS Canada, and more. 


“Accurate, timely information is essential for people to develop and implement strategies that effectively conserve nature. Science should be part of solutions.”

— Dr. Aerin Jacob, Y2Y Conservation Scientist


What Y2Y is doing

Delivering science and knowledge into the decision-making processes has contributed to:

  • a more than 50 percent increase in key protected area growth since beginning our work in 1993; 
  • improvements in coexistence between people and wildlife in regions between protected areas; 
  • and greater understanding of the impacts of development and climate change on the wildlife, waters and wild lands in the region.

Recent Y2Y science updates and news