About the AMJV
The Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture is a partnership of agencies and organizations that focuses on conserving and restoring habitats for priority bird species in the Appalachian Mountains Bird Conservation Region, stretching from the southwestern Appalachians in Alabama to the northeastern highlands in southern New York. This area encompasses 103 million acres and contains some of the largest expanses of deciduous forest remaining in the eastern United States. It includes portions of Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and all of West Virginia.
A large assemblage of bird species breed and winter here, and the region is an important stopover for migratory birds that travel between Central and South America, Mexico, and Canada as well as within the United States. We work with researchers and resource managers to design and implement effective conservation projects for native bird species throughout their annual life cycles, targeting breeding, migration, and over-wintering areas. The AMJV staff seeks to coordinate and assist partners in prioritizing which species and habitats to focus on for conservation, where their on-the-ground projects will have the highest return on investments, and how much habitat is needed to sustain populations of priority species.
The Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture was officially recognized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2008. Joint ventures have proven to be efficient and effective mechanisms to conserve key species and their habitats across the nation.