Working to restore fish and wildlife habitat in the Yellowstone to Uintas Corridor through the application of science, education and advocacy.
The unique and irreplaceable wildlife corridor in Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming connects the Yellowstone Ecosystem to the Uinta Wilderness and Southern Rockies.
Our underfunded and understaffed public land management agencies, the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and State agencies are not restoring these degraded lands, wildlife populations and native plant communities, but are continuing unsustainable management without adequate science, regulation, monitoring or accountability. These agencies are not addressing the true costs of their management as these altered lands lose their productivity and water storage capacity from accelerated erosion, their plant communities shift to invasive or undesirable species, forests and grasslands are prone to severe fires, and fish and wildlife populations are diminished or eliminated. We have also seen the damage to these lands by over a century of logging, strip mining, stream diversions, livestock grazing, and in the past few decades, off-road vehicles. Our forests, plant communities, streams and watersheds are badly out of balance and far removed from their potential. Cutthroat trout, beaver, sage grouse, pygmy rabbit, leopard frog, migratory birds and many others are being displaced by extractive uses. Wolves, bears, cougars and coyotes are being persecuted and killed without consideration of their essential role in the ecosystem. Off-road vehicles and the roads and trails they occupy fragment habitat while their noise displaces wildlife and those who come to our public lands for peace and enjoyment in the study of nature, to watch wildlife, to hunt and to fish.
During many years spent exploring and surveying public lands from the alpine zone to the desert we have seen their potential in remote, undisturbed places. Our vision is based on this experience. It is a vision of clear streams, shaded by aspen, willows and cottonwoods with a lush community of native grasses and flowers, hosting native fish and wildlife. Forests, meadows, streams and sagebrush grasslands are restored, while watersheds purify and store water. It is a quiet place where you can hear the wind, the streams, the birds, the insects and occasionally, a wolf or coyote. All of these things are in balance, providing a landscape to refresh our minds and bodies through quiet contemplation and exploration.
Without our work, this vision is not being realized throughout much of this wildlife corridor in Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. Yellowstone to Uintas Connection will continue to engage these agencies challenging their assumptions and actions. Much of our work is driven by the current actions of these agencies. We take on projects and juggle them to address as many as we can effectively. Our efforts also engage the public and other environmental organizations, educate them about the true nature of the impacts to the corridor habitat and wildlife.