Recent research on animal movements and conservation biology theory indicates that our current protected areas are insufficient to sustain viable populations of large carnivores. A larger scale and more integrated approach is needed. Comprising over 100 conservation organizations as well as numerous scientists, the Yellowstone to Yukon Initiative (“Y2Y”) is a bi-national effort to maintain and restore habitat integrity and connectivity along 3,200 km of the Rocky Mountains from the greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in the south to Yukon’s Mackenzie Mountains in the north. Its goals are to ensure wildlife movements for all species between existing reserves as well as the creation of new protected areas to ensure population viability of all native species. Also proposed is a system of special management zones surrounding the core reserves in which carefully managed human uses may be permitted. Such an effort to promote ecological integrity can benefit human communities by diversifying economies...
Aengst, Peter. 1999. The Yellowstone to Yukon Initiative: A New Conservation Paradigm to Protect the Heart of North America (in Proc. Conference Biology & Management of Species and Habitats at Risk). Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks; University College of the Cariboo. Conference Biology & ManagementProceedings
Topic: Species and Ecosystems at Risk
Keywords: grey wolf, grizzly bear, national parks, protected areas, Rocky Mountains, Yellowstone to Yukon, Y2Y
Scientific Name: Ursus arctos, Canis lupus
English Name: Grey Wolf, Grizzly Bear
Other Identifier: University College of the Cariboo
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