Connecting and protecting habitat from Yellowstone to Yukon so people and nature can thrive.
About YELLOWSTONE TO YUKON CONSERVATION INITIATIVE FOUNDATION
The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) is a joint Canada-US not-for-profit organization. We are recognized as one of the planet's leading mountain conservation initiatives.
Our Vision is an interconnected system of wild lands and waters stretching from Yellowstone to Yukon, harmonizing the needs of people with those of nature. Y2Y is the only organization dedicated to securing the long-term ecological health of the Yellowstone to Yukon region and we consider the land and waters at a scale that matters to nature. We take a scientific approach to conservation, and highlight and focus on local issues that affect the region, while our unifying vision and collaborative approach helps to ensure that individual conservation efforts are aligned in support of large-scale objectives.
Over the past two decades we have worked tirelessly with more than 300 partners, including scientists, conservation groups, landowners, businesses, government agencies and First Nations communities, and with many community groups and individual citizens, to stitch together this landscape. In that time, the amount of protected lands (and those with other conservation designations) in the region has almost tripled from 15% to 45%.
What People Are Saying
"I see the great wedge of land from the Yukon down to Yellowstone as a paradise not yet lost, and I want to help conserve it... I believe all nature’s creatures should have the same rights of security and privacy as humans, and by supporting Y2Y I’m helping ensure that those rights are protected."
— Heidi Nitze, Read More
"It inspires me to think that when I’m 80, my kids will be able to walk this connected landscape—that this is a possible dream. I know that the only way to succeed is to see everyone’s children as our own. Helping shift the Yellowstone to Yukon vision into a reality helps me realize this dream."
— Chris Bunting, Read More