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.
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 Intermountain West provides continentally and regionally significant habitat for a suite of waterfowl, shorebird, waterbird, and landbird species such as Greater Sandhill Crane, Greater Sage-Grouse, Northern Pintail, Cinnamon Teal, Wilson’s Phalarope, American Avocet, White-faced Ibis, Long-billed Curlew, Willow Flycatcher, and Lewis’s Woodpecker. Protection of these bird species is dependent on many partners, working together in the Intermountain West, to strategically conserve large tracts of habitat needed by these species for food and cover.
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.