Mission & Scope

The mission of the Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV) is to conserve priority bird habitats through partnership-driven, science-based projects and programs. 

The River Fork Ranch in Carson Valley, Nevada (image courtesy of A. Thomas)As the largest of the U.S. Habitat Joint Ventures, the IWJV was established in 1994 to catalyze bird habitat conservation through the collaborative power of diverse public-private partnerships.

The IWJV operates across all or parts of 11 western states and encompasses some of the most diverse and intact landscapes in the West. Important habitats in this region include wetlands, sagebrush-steppe, cottonwood-lined riparian galleries, grasslands, aspen woodlands, and Ponderosa pine woodlands and savannahs. 

The IWJV is committed to conserving habitats in the Intermountain West that are capable of sustaining bird populations at desired levels.

To achieve this goal, we will employ the following strategies:

  1. Broaden and strengthen public-private partnerships for bird habitat conservation in the Intermountain West.
  2. Increase funding for federal and state funding programs essential to bird habitat conservation in the Intermountain West.
  3. Provide funding, foster leverage opportunities, and enhance partner access to federal, state and private funding programs essential to bird habitat conservation in the Intermountain West.
  4. Develop a strong science foundation, linking continental, regional, and local population goals and habitat objectives, to inform and empower strategic habitat conservation in the Intermountain West.
  5. Employ strategic communications to communicate effectively with target audiences that are necessary to engage for bird conservation.
  6. Conduct science based monitoring and evaluation of conservation outcomes capable of measuring their contribution to stated bird population goals and/or habitat objectives.

Cost/benefit analyses show that conservation investments are 70% more effective when they are targeted via a scientific process than when they are randomly or opportunistically selected. Therefore, one of our roles is to synthesize National and International Bird Conservation Initiatives and to produce scientifically defensible habitat objectives to guide conservation priorities in this vast region. Our work is guided by our management board-approved 2013 Implementation Plan, which was a significant revision to our 2005 Implementation Plan.

We encourage any individual or organization that is interested in conserving birds and bird habitat in the Intermountain West to connect with IWJV. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Intermountain West Joint Venture

 The IWJV conservation partnership spans all or parts of 11 western states. Click here to learn about each state.