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Y2Y Chief Scientist speaks at United Church

The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) is hosting an evening presentation to share our continued progress towards protecting and connecting habitat from Yellowstone to the Yukon (including here in the Kootenays), a grand vision that has been inspiring conservation for over 20 years.

The presentation will take place on Wednesday, April 11, from 7-8:30 p..m, at the United Church in Nelson, 602 Silica Street. Jodi Hilty, Y2Y’s Chief Scientist will detail the Y2Y vision and goals, share stunning images of this vast region, and detail the progress made towards achieving connectivity and conservation throughout Y2Y.

Gwen Bridge, Manager of Strategic Engagement will describe what’s happening locally and regionally to support the vision, including developing conservation goals in the Columbia Headwaters.

The Columbia Headwaters region, which includes portions of the West and East Kootenay and North Columbia, has very high conservation values. The region is critical for the threatened mountain caribou, grizzly bears, wolverines, and many more, and boasts amazing old growth forests, glaciers and clear cold water, which will be increasing important as our climate changes.

Y2Y ‘s vision is longstanding but the recent focus on BC is relatively new. Y2Y’s BC and Yukon Program Director, Candace Batycki says, “We’re really happy to be growing our BC program.

"We’re working to generate momentum towards achievement of the Y2Y vision within BC, with partners in the region and across the province. We hope that this event will inspire more local folks to reach for this vision as well.”

Efforts by Y2Y to protect these species and their habitats – so that people and nature can thrive — are underway and Y2Y hopes that Nelson residents will come out on April 11 at 7 p.m. to learn more and support conservation in this amazing landscape of glaciers and grizzlies.