Mission & Vision

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Working to restore fish and wildlife habitat in the Yellowstone to Uintas Corridor through the application of science, education and advocacy.

Our Vision

The unique and irreplaceable wildlife corridor in Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming connects the Yellowstone Ecosystem to the Uinta Wilderness and Southern Rockies.

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. This balance provides connected habitat for wildlife and healthy watersheds and their associated ecosystem services for people.

Our public land management agencies - the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and State agencies-  are often underfunded, understaffed, and constrained by bureaucratic processes. In many instances they are not able to take action to restore these degraded lands, wildlife populations and native plant communities. Unfortunately, their lack of resources can lead to outdated science, unmaintained monitoring, and inadequate regulation. To respond to this, we envision a collaborative approach whereby the public, and organizations like Yellowstone to Uintas Connection, work to help these agencies uphold their land management mandate through volunteer restoration projects, public education and outreach, and when necessary, providing constructive, science-based feedback on land management decisions.

The Yellowstone to Uintas wildlife corridor, as well as many other western landscapes, has been significantly damaged 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 often out of balance and far removed from their potential. Cutthroat trout, sage grouse, pygmy rabbit, leopard frog, migratory birds and many others are being displaced by extractive uses. Wolves, bears, cougars, beaver, 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.  As these altered lands lose their productivity and water storage capacity from accelerated erosion, the plant communities shift to invasive or undesirable species, forests and grasslands experience a shift in fire regimes, and fish and wildlife populations are diminished or eliminated.

Without our work, our vision is not being realized throughout much of this wildlife corridor in Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. Yellowstone to Uintas Connection will continue to engage agencies, private landowners, other environmental organizations, and citizens in an effort to foster positive working relationships and empower sustainable environmental change. We take on projects with the hope that they serve the purpose of educating the community, assisting in sustainable land management practices, and providing positive changes in the conservation and restoration of our shared ecosystem.