Before answering, I explained that the line we'd taken from Yellowstone--zigzagging up Montana's Gallatin, Bridger, and Big Belt mountains and then the Continental Divide into Canada--was only one of many potential connections in the Y2Y
wants to ensure that those carnivores can migrate through 468,000 square miles, an area that encompasses towns and cities.
This thinking spread to Canada and Mexico and large bioregional or ecoregional planning exercises are now underway including the Y2Y
, the Sky Islands across the southwestem U.S.
Now, with over 150 supporting organizations, eight full-time employees, and a budget exceeding one million dollars, Y2Y
and its network members are working hand-in-hand to define and design a network of protected areas in the Yellowstone to Yukon ecoregion.
is not specifically green-tourism-related, successful preservation of these lands will ensure that visitors to the parks will have the opportunity to experience wilderness and wild life without threatening the viability of the landscapes and the species that inhabit the lands of Y2Y
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Yellowstone to Yukon Corridor
The grandiose Y2Y
project is an outgrowth of the "Mackenzie Decision," which created a 16-million-acre wilderness area in British Columbia.
Bart Robinson, Y2Y
's executive director, says the idea of cores and connectivity has already been adopted in regional planning.
The Northern Rockies, for example, are vital to Y2Y
, a U.S./Canadian effort to preserve an 1,800-mile arc from Yellowstone National Park to the Yukon Territory.
The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y
) involves most of the northern Rocky Mountain cordillera from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in the United States to the Mackenzie Mountains in Canada (Figure 1).
In a bold and seemingly impossible quest to unite 1,990 continuous miles of wilderness into a "wildlife corridor," the coalition, known as the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y
), stresses that many of America's predators are running out of habitat as mining, clearcutting, road-building, and oil and gas development carve up the West, leaving only fragmented patches of land for wildlife to survive.