Our Approach to Conservation

The transitioning economy of the “New West,” while mostly beneficial to our citizenry, has been accompanied by a host of factors (development-induced habitat fragmentation, water demands, energy development, etc.) that threaten bird populations, many of which depend on habitats the Intermountain West for their very survival.

Time is both friend and enemy: ecologically complex habitats still exist and the cost of conservation remains relatively reasonable in many locations, yet the rush of people to this beautiful and productive region is an ongoing threat, a threat that must be balanced with the capacity of the landscape to sustain desired bird—and human—populations over the long term.

The IWJV works with an array of partners to develop and implement habitat conservation that is both strategic and effective.  We believe that habitat conservation must move forward rapidly while the science foundation for bird conservation is strengthened through biological planning, conservation design, monitoring and evaluation, and adaptive management. We also believe in a "working landscapes” approach that balances landowners’ needs with conservation potential, one that results in win-win results for both birds and humans.

Read the Habitat Conservation Strategy of IWJV's Implementation Plan here.