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The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

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Our Mission

Connecting and protecting habitat from Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) so people and nature can thrive.

Photo by Kalen Emsley /Kluane National Park and Reserve of Canada, Canada

50% by 2050

Why 2020?

We can stop the sixth mass extinction if we protect approximately 50% of the 846 ecoregions that provide habitat for all of Earth's biodiversity. That means finding leaders and organizations around the world willing to align exisiting efforts around protecting and interconnecting nature in the region.

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Where We Work

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Our Vision

An interconnected system of wild lands and waters stretching from Yellowstone to Yukon, harmonizing the needs of people with those of nature.


  1. We believe in connection, not separation; in living with nature, not against it.
  2. We believe in considering the land at a scale that matters to nature, and in using science to guide our decisions.
  3. We believe in deep collaboration and authentic partnership, in doing things together rather than alone.
  4. We believe in the power of a big, bold idea to attract talent, passion and a community of committed citizens who work across political boundaries.
  5. We believe in hope; for if we persevere, our great-grandchildren will have clean water, pure air, rich forests and abundant wildlife of the kind we enjoy today in the Yellowstone to Yukon region.

About Us

The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) is a joint Canada-U.S. not-for-profit organization that connects and protects habitat from Yellowstone to Yukon so people and nature can thrive. We are the only organization dedicated to securing the long-term ecological health of this entire region.

'What we have in the Rocky Mountains is rare- an almost complete representation of all native large mammals that roamed the great hills before Europeans arrived. From the perspective of the great mountain ecosystems of the world, it’s the last of the last.' - Dr. Paul Paquet, Scientist with the World Wildlife Fund

Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park, USA/Photo by Byron Johnson

You Can Help

Thanks to your support, our children and grandchildren will have double the opportunity to enjoy healthy ecosystems that teem with wildlife.