Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) has elected Dr. Jodi Hilty as the new President and chief scientist effective November 1. The not-for-profit organization protects 502,000 square miles spanning five U.S. states, two Canadian provinces and two Canadian Territories.
Dr. Hilty received a conservation biologist’s degree from University California, Berkeley and has experience from two decades working in conservation, leadership, and research. She had already served on Y2Y’s board from 2007 to 2012. She has also worked as the executive director of the North American Program for Wildlife Conservation Society, where she collaborated with organizations to address a range of conservation challenges related to resource extraction, ecosystem connectivity and climate change.
Founded in 1993, Y2Y focuses on the need for long wildlife corridors to facilitate migration, breeding and uninterrupted ranging for species like grizzly bears. The protected lands Y2Y manages have increased from 36 million acres to 66.6 million acres, and the organization has helped establish two new national park reserves, Nahanni and Naats’ihch’oh.