Science & Strategic Initiatives

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.
  • 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

We’re always looking for new partners with mutually beneficial programs to advance projects that benefit birds and other wildlife, ranching, industry, and economic livelihoods of western communities and cultures.

Let's Work Together