Where We Work
Photo courtesy of Rio do la Vista.
The IWJV operates across all, or parts of, 11 states (California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona) and encompasses 486 million acres of some of the most diverse and intact landscapes in the West. Approximately 70% of the Intermountain West is under public or tribal ownership, with the remaining 142 million acres in private ownership by residents, farmers, ranchers, or corporations.
The spectacular habitat biodiversity within the region supports an impressive assemblage of wildlife including continentally significant populations of several migratory bird species and other wildlife, such as grizzly bears, elk, mule deer, pronghorn, and native trout.
The vibrant landscapes, communities, and extraordinary wildlife of the west have inspired a land ethic that recognizes the vital link between natural resource conservation and working lands that support agriculture, forestry, recreation, energy development, and other multiple uses. From this awareness, and from the partnerships it has inspired, a unique recipe for habitat conservation has developed.
The IWJV remains at the forefront of catalyzing this special brand of conservation. We invite you to be part of our growing network of conservation-minded partners.