Oregon State Conservation Partnership

In eastern Oregon, the Intermountain West Joint Venture’s highest conservation priorities are wetlands and sagebrush habitat. Wetlands in the Closed Basins and Klamath Basin are part of a complex extending across Southern Oregon-Northeastern California (SONEC) that provides some of the continent’s most important habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, and other waterbirds. Southeast Oregon’s large blocks of relatively intact sagebrush steppe habitat serve as regional strongholds for sage-grouse and other sagebrush-dependent wildlife. In the East Cascades and Blue Mountains ecoregions, ponderosa pine forests, grasslands, and montane wetlands provide important habitat for a wide variety of birds.

Find the Harney Basin Wetlands Initiative brochure here.


Wetlands and sagebrush thrive in the Warner Valley, Lake County.

Project Spotlight

By working with incredible conservation partners, we have accomplished significant, science-based successes through the Working Wet Meadows Initiative and will continue to do so for years to come.

In 2014, the IWJV launched the Southern Oregon–Northeastern California (SONEC) Working Wet Meadows Initiative to conserve flood-irrigated pastures and meadows. These working wetlands are the life-blood of both livestock producers and migratory birds in the Pacific Flyway. SONEC was named one of the IWJV’s highest priorities, requiring long-term investment, due to a bioenergetics modeling process...

Bruce Taylor
Partnership Coordinator
Intermountain West Joint Venture
4815 SE Brooklyn Street
Portland, OR  97206
O: 971.235.6673


American Bird Conservancy
Audubon Society of Portland
Burns Paiute Tribe  
Columbia Land Trust
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Defenders of Wildlife
Deschutes Land Trust
Ducks Unlimited
Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center
The Freshwater Trust
High Desert Partnership
Harney Basin Wetlands Initiative
Klamath Bird Observatory
Klamath Lake Land Trust
Malheur Wildlife Associates
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Oregon Department of Transportation
Oregon Department of State Lands
Oregon Duck Hunters Association
Oregon Natural Desert Association
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board  
Point Blue Conservation Science
The Nature Conservancy in Oregon
The Trust for Public Land
The Wetlands Conservancy
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Bureau of Land Management
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Forest Service
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Wallowa Land Trust
Western Rivers Conservancy
Wildlife Conservation Society