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“The vision resonates with the guests and the positive impact Y2Y’s efforts has on the landscape is evident every day guests hike through these mountains and valleys."
Joe Flynn, Chair of Country Walkers’ Responsible Travel Committee.

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Y2Y Supporter: Wilburforce Foundation

Y2Y Supporter: Wilburforce Foundation
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Mapping the vision and turning corners.

The Wilburforce Foundation and Y2Y are like overlays of the same map—informing each other in both mission and geography.

“We’re directly focused on wildlife and connectivity,” says Wilburforce Executive Director Tim Greyhavens, “and one of our main geographic areas of interest is the Yellowstone to Yukon region.” Within that region, the foundation supports projects in such key locations as the Peel River Watershed, Muskwa-Kechika, Cabinet-Purcell Mountain Corridor, Crowsnest Pass and the Flathead Valley.

From its inception, Wilburforce has been guided by science and, as Greyhavens notes importantly, by conservation leaders they felt could successfully chart the bold idea of continental-scale connectivity.

“We recognized the leaders who were stepping up,” says Greyhavens of the pioneering days of large-landscape conservation. Y2Y was one of them.

Wilburforce began supporting Y2Y in 1999, and since has contributed more than $4 million to the organization. Greyhavens lauds Y2Y’s staff and strong board of directors, and its ability to connect organizations and help them work strategically.

These days, Greyhavens sees renewed environmental awareness and activism across diverse groups of people. “I’m hopeful that if we are persistent and if we have the right leaders, we can affect positive change and maybe turn some corners by the end of the decade.”

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