Imagine an unbroken ecosystem that ranges from West Yellowstone to the frozen outskirts of Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory of Canada and beyond. This 2,000-mile stretch would likely be the most vast wildlife corridor on the planet, an area where big critters like grizzly bears could safely migrate over an international border and from one side of the Rocky Mountains to the other. That’s a whole lot of mountains, watersheds and streams to protect and keep wild. And that is the goal of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.
Y2Y’s founder Harvey Locke is no stranger to working with conservation groups, having been a board member for the Nature Conservancy of Montana, president of the Wildlands Network and served on the Eighth and Ninth World Wilderness Congresses among many other notable environmental groups. None of this work goes on without ruffling some feathers; undoubtedly there are those who feel as though the earth is merely a vast place here merely to plunder. Fortunately, people like Locke are using science and stewardship to demonstrate that the earth can provide for all.