Science In Action

The IWJV delivers scientific information that helps landowners, agencies, and other stakeholders invest wisely in conservation.

The IWJV’s science and planning program is not a traditional research program. We create relationships between science producers, science users, program managers, and funders to address real management needs, goals, and issues. Relationships are key to the science program’s success.

Every project is co-produced with partners, leveraging science investments into conservation actions. Co-production connects our scientists with resource managers and landowners to understand their information and planning needs so they can deliver meaningful results. Our science staff also work directly with other researchers and agencies to leverage capacity and jointly fill information gaps important to conservation in the Intermountain West.

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Here’s a sampling of recent science projects that are essential to the conservation of wetlands and sagebrush rangelands across the West. These project titles are arranged by relevance to specific states. Click on project titles to access the published works. You can also find more IWJV science in our Resource Pages.


Win-win for agricultural and wildlife; developing a wetland conservation model for white-faced ibis in the Intermountain West (In production, anticipated completion February 2021)

Migration efficiency sustains connectivity across agroecological networks supporting sandhill crane migration (June 8, 2021)

Climate and human water use diminish wetland networks supporting continental waterbird migration (January 22, 2020)

Western ranchers’ perspectives on enablers and constraints to flood irrigation (January 14, 2020)

Synchronizing conservation to seasonal wetland hydrology and waterbird migration in semi‐arid landscapes (June 2, 2019)

Seasonal drought in North America’s sagebrush biome structures dynamic mesic resources for sage‐grouse (December 11, 2018)

Unintended habitat loss on private land from grazing restrictions on public rangelands (September 26, 2018)

Innovation in rangeland monitoring: annual, 30 m, plant functional type percent cover maps for U.S. rangelands, 1984–2017 (September 19, 2018)

Low-tech riparian and wet meadow restoration increases vegetation productivity and resilience across semiarid rangelands (August 5, 2018)

Extending Conifer Removal and Landscape Protection Strategies from Sage-grouse to Songbirds, a Range-Wide Assessment (January 15, 2017)

Public lands and private waters: scarce mesic resources structure land tenure and sage‐grouse distributions (February 2, 2016)

Boom, bust: linking trends in greater sandhill crane abundance to patterns of rural land use change and wetland condition (Technical report)

Managing risk and maximizing return; decision support for conservation of dynamic wetland landscapes in southern Oregon and northeast California (Technical report)

Monitoring long-term wetland and rangeland trends; decision support for Oregon’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (Proposal)

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