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Conservation in Action, Partnerships that Work

The Appalachian Mountains provide a multitude of habitats that are essential for hundreds of breeding, migrant, and wintering bird species. Its rugged terrain is dominated by forest and woodlands that span 15 states and contain several major eastern rivers that are heavily relied upon by waterfowl. But historical and current land-use changes, environmental disturbances, and other factors are resulting in population declines of more than 1/3 of  bird species that breed and winter in the region. Coordinated action among local, state, federal, and other partners is essential to reverse these trends. 

The Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture (AMJV) is one of 18 habitat Joint Venture partnerships in the United States. It is comprised of state and federal government agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities, and industries that work together to prioritize and coordinate conservation activities while building upon scientific knowledge. Through communication, planning, and conservation delivery, the AMJV works to ensure the long-term sustainability of native bird populations that breed in the Appalachian Mountains.