Science for Conservation

Innovation is what makes the IWJV’s science program so important to our partners.

The IWJV practices strategic habitat conservation; we put the right conservation practices in the right places in the right amount.

The Intermountain West is renowned for its wide open spaces, diverse landscapes and climates, abundant birds and other wildlife, and growing human communities. In recent years, the IWJV’s conservation science has identified that our greatest opportunities and challenges focus on working wet meadows and sagebrush ecosystems.

These ecosystems provide a wide range of values and functions for birds and other wildlife, in addition to supplying food, fiber, freshwater, fuel, and recreational, aesthetic, and spiritual benefits to people. However, factors such as habitat loss and degradation, invasive species, drought, declining aquifers, and changing environmental conditions increasingly challenge the ability of private and public landowners and managers to conserve and restore these systems. Added to the mix are social, economic, and political changes affecting the fabric of our identity and roots as residents of the Intermountain West.

These challenges and uncertainties require continued attention to science, policy, and management with a focus on building adaptive and co-productive capacity through relationships. The IWJV works to understand and respond to these social and ecological challenges and changes through our habitat delivery efforts. We set our sights on being relevant, innovative, strategic, and results-oriented. Our conservation targets (e.g., those related to priority species and systems of concern) work across spatial and temporal scales using geophysical, biological, and socioeconomic information to achieve strategic conservation outcomes.

Learn more about our science and strategic initiatives:

  • LANDSCAPE-SCALE WETLANDS SCIENCE: Discover opportunities to integrate the results of our large-scale wetland dynamics project into your existing conservation programs.
  • SAGEBRUSH SCIENCE SUPPORT: Enhance sagebrush conservation on public and private lands by accessing the latest decision support tools and outcomes-based evaluations for conifer removal, wet meadow habitat restoration, and fire and invasive treatments.
  • PARTNERSHIPS WITH STUDENTS AND UNIVERSITIES: To address a science capacity gap, the IWJV works with universities to deliver working science to our public and private lands partners.
  • STRATEGIC HABITAT OBJECTIVES: Work with our staff and their technical expertise to develop strategic habitat objectives for priority birds and their habitats.

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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