Joint Ventures
Mountain-Prairie Region

Intermountain West Joint Venture

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As the largest of the U.S. Habitat Joint Ventures, the Intermountain West Joint Venture was established in 1994 to catalyze bird habitat conservation through the collaborative power of diverse public-private partnerships.

The IWJV operates across all or parts of 11 western states and encompasses some of the most diverse and intact landscapes in the West. Important habitats in this region include wetlands, sagebrush-steppe, cottonwood-lined riparian galleries, grasslands, aspen woodlands, Ponderosa pine woodlands and savannahs.

The IWJV supports science-based and targeted conservation delivery by synthesizing the objectives of National and International Bird Conservation Initiatives and producing defensible habitat objectives and decision support tools.

We currently emphasize the strategic conservation of wetlands and sagebrush habitats. A flagship effort in this realm is the Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI), a highly targeted, landscape-scale initiative for which the IWJV has built field delivery, science, and communications capacity through partnerships. SGI focuses on conserving sagebrush habitat for sage grouse and other sage-dependent species through sustainable ranching.


The IWJV employs the following strategies to meet its conservation goals:

  1. Broaden and strengthen public-private partnerships for bird habitat conservation in the Intermountain West.
  2. Increase funding for federal and state funding programs essential to bird habitat conservation in the Intermountain West.
  3. Provide funding, foster leverage opportunities, and enhance partner access to federal, state and private funding programs essential to bird habitat conservation in the Intermountain West.
  4. Develop a strong science foundation, linking continental, regional, and local population goals and habitat objectives, to inform and empower strategic habitat conservation in the Intermountain West.
  5. Employ strategic communications to communicate effectively with target audiences that are necessary to engage for bird conservation.
  6. Conduct science based monitoring and evaluation of conservation outcomes capable of measuring their contribution to stated bird population goals and/or habitat objectives.

For more information visit We encourage any individual or organization that is interested in conserving birds and bird habitat in the Intermountain West to connect with us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Last update: September 5, 2014