By Published On: January 18, 2022

The IWJV’s Top 9 from 2021

As we settle into the new year, we’re reflecting on some of our most powerful stories from 2021. Our Partnering to Conserve Sagebrush Rangelands and Water 4 efforts both produced a variety of stories related to sagebrush and wet meadow conservation in the Intermountain West. From the high sagebrush steppe of southwest Montana to the vibrant flood irrigated fields of Colorado’s Yampa Valley, each resource below gives the reader a window into the world of conservation across the Intermountain West for the benefit of people. wildlife, and communities.

We hope you enjoy this look back at some of the bright moments of 2021!

  1. VIDEO: Playing With Fire

    Recreators can help mitigate the spread of invasive grasses and other non-native species while helping keep sagebrush country whole.

  2. A Cure for the Creek

    This storymap features a Montana ranch family who teamed up with partners to restore a creek, benefitting their operation, fish and wildlife, and the entire watershed.

  3. Southwestern Montana: A Geography of Sagebrush and Hope

    In southwestern Montana’s sagebrush country, there is a hopeful spirit that drives diverse partners to maintain healthy working lands and communities, to keep plants and forage from becoming fuel for destructive wildfires, and to conserve lands that benefit agriculture, recreation, and wildlife.

  4. The Call of the Cranes

    This installment of our Intermountain Insights series breaks down IWJV science that looks at the migratory efficiency and habitat needs of sandhill cranes across the Intermountain West.

  5. Hope After Rangeland Fire

    The 2007 Murphy Complex fire dramatically changed the landscape of southwest Idaho and the livelihoods of those who live and ranch there. Read a firsthand account of the fire from IWJV Management Board member Kim Brackett and how her ranch moved forward.

  6. VIDEO: Rio Grande Series

    Two videos, The Fragile Flyway and The Common Thread, look at the importance of the Rio Grande Corridor to migratory birds and the need for cross-boundary collaboration to conserve it.

  7. A Hub for Conservation and Ranching on Montana’s North-Central Grasslands

    Since 2003, the Ranchers Stewardship Alliance in north-central Montana has been investing in both people and conservation to make progress on conservation-focused projects.

  8. Restoration a Part of Ranching in Colorado’s Yampa Valley

    The ranching community along the Yampa River looks toward infrastructure and restoration projects to improve resiliency in the face of change.

  9. Big Themes for Bold Conservation in 2022

    The IWJV staff and partnership dream big about the future of conservation in 2022 and beyond.