Our Mission

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

One of 18 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.

Seeking win-win solutions for wildlife, agriculture, and industry, the IWJV is a diverse public-private partnership that creates collaborations to uniquely address the complex conservation challenges of today and the future. Our approach helps sustain agricultural profitability and the economic vitality of rural communities.

To achieve this, we employ the following strategies:

  • Broaden and strengthen public-private partnerships for bird habitat conservation in the Intermountain West.
  • Increase funding for federal and state programs essential to bird habitat conservation in the Intermountain West.
  • Foster leverage opportunities, and enhance partner access to federal, state, and private funding programs essential to bird habitat conservation in the Intermountain West.
  • 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.
  • Employ strategic communications to effectively engage key audiences and increase support for bird and other wildlife habitat conservation that is relevant to communities.
  • Conduct science-based monitoring and evaluation of conservation outcomes capable of measuring their contribution to stated bird population goals and/or habitat objectives.

Working together is always better.

Our staff has a wide range of professional experience, including non-profit management, bird conservation science, spatial ecology, habitat delivery, policy, strategic planning and communications, and contract management.


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