Western Forests

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The IWJV is expanding our work to address bird and other wildlife habitat and wildfire risk in Western Forests.

Integrating Wildlife Habitat and Wildfire Risk Reduction

Forests are some of the most iconic ecosystems of the West, known for their vastness, plentiful wildlife habitat, myriad recreational opportunities, critical ecosystem services, and, increasingly, their large and intense wildfires. A new body of work for the IWJV focuses on improving habitat for birds and other wildlife while reducing wildfire risk and supporting communities in forest ecosystems.

The IWJV is exploring opportunities to work in a variety of forest types in the Intermountain West. Our initial efforts are focused on persistent pinyon-juniper woodlands, the most extensive forest type in the region and perhaps the forest ecosystem receiving the least conservation attention. Pinyon-juniper woodlands face a suite of interrelated changes, from shifting climates, to increasing tree densities, to localized pinyon pine population declines, to habitat degradation for pinyon jays.

The IWJV applies our durable and strategic approach to collaborative conservation to our work in western forests, focusing on building partnerships, growing conservation delivery capacity, bridging science and implementation, and producing innovative communications. We work to incorporate the needs of forest birds into forest management and conservation, fill knowledge gaps related to pinyon-juniper woodlands and pinyon jays, and provide managers with the tools, science, and information required to sustainably manage our western forests.

Explore IWJV’s Work in Western Forests

Work With Us In Western Forests

Please contact Andrew Olsen (andrew.olsen@iwjv.org) or Mariah McIntosh (mariah.mcintosh@iwjv.org) to learn more about working with us. 

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