Water Scarcity and Working Lands

Linking wetland dynamics to landscape carrying capacity for migratory bird conservation

This plan of work outlines implementation of a spatially explicit inventory and monitoring project that examines historic and current patterns of wetland availability and land use practice within keystone migratory bird habitats in the Pacific Flyway. Project area includes conservation priorities in southern Oregon, northeast California and northwest Nevada. Results will provide decision support for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and partners to evaluate wetland and land use benefits through an increased understanding of annual resource availability and the water use practices they entail. Products will inform and refine targeting and evaluation of conservation actions (enhancement, restoration, or protection) in these dynamic wetland landscapes that structure migratory bird abundance and drive rural agricultural economies in the Intermountain West. 

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IWJV Staff and Partners