Who We Are
Formed in 1994, the Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV) is a self-directed partnership that operates across all, or parts of, 11 western states including: California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona.
As our name implies, conservation within the Intermountain West is a Joint Venture. Thus, our partnership is comprised of federal agencies, state fish and wildlife agencies, non-governmental organizations, tribes, universities, policymakers, corporations, foundations, and private landowners. These partners reflect a broad diversity of values, landscapes, and land-use patterns in the Intermountain West.
The IWJV is governed by a Management Board, the policy-making body that establishes the direction and priorities of Joint Venture activities. Our programs are implemented by a professional staff committed to strengthening the partnership, guiding strategic habitat conservation delivery through strong science, and enhancing funding for habitat conservation efforts in the region via grants and cost-share arrangements.
Our Technical Committee advises the IWJV science program about priorities, activities, and needs. The committee is comprised of species, habitat, and/or landscape-management scientists and biologists with expertise in migratory birds and conservation. Our State Conservation Partnerships bring together state public and private partners, facilitating local level habitat conservation projects that contribute to achievement of the highest priority regional and continental bird and habitat objectives.
The IWJV receives funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, corporate donations, and various federal and private grants.