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 AMJV 2017 Year in Review
While spring is well underway, 2017 was another great year for the AMJV, and I didn’t want to pass on the opportunity to celebrate the many accomplishments of our partnership.  Once again, I want to thank our numerous partners for your tireless work and dedication to bird conservation in the Appalachians, as well as your commitment to the AMJV partnership. 

 AMJV 2016 Year in Review
Our partnership’s bird conservation work in 2016 expanded our on-the-ground efforts throughout the Appalachians. Some major highlights from this past year included:
  • The first full year of implementation of our Cerulean Warbler Appalachian Forestland Enhancement Project, with 47 landowner contracts enrolling 1,900 acres and obligating almost $1.1 million towards Cerulean Warbler conservation.
  • Partners working with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to revise and enhance Golden-winged Warbler conservation efforts through Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW). AMJV staff and partners also worked with Partners for Conservation and NRCS to host a regional landowner forum to develop a 5-year shared vision for future WLFW efforts in the Appalachians.
  • Establishment of a Northeast Region AMJV Working Group to better coordinate and promote our bird conservation efforts in this area of the Joint Venture.
  • And the continued efforts of all our partners in protecting and enhancing habitat for AMJV priority bird species, many of those highlighted in this Year in Review.
This has been a year of both implementation and growth for the AMJV, where we saw planning and development efforts of the previous year progress into on the ground conservation. We continue to welcome new partners to our collective bird conservation efforts, and this speaks strongly to the value partners see in the work of the AMJV. I’m excited for what we will accomplish in 2017.

 AMJV Partnership Efforts on Wintering Grounds
We are pleased to present this publication on the exciting work that Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture partners have and are conducting to advance bird conservation for Appalachian birds during their nonbreeding season. We are excited to share these stories to both highlight parterns' laudable efforts and to demonstrate that investing in "wintering grounds" bird conservation efforts may not be as difficult as it first sounds. Many of the projects include a section on "Opportunities for Involvement", which describes existing needs and offers new ways for partners to participate in upcoming efforts. We hope you enjoy and share these stories. We look forward to celebrating future efforts and keeping you informed about what your friends and neighbors are up to in the winter months!

 Enhancing Cerulean Warbler Habitat in Appalachians: A Guide for Foresters
This fact sheet provides a summary of the Cerulean Warbler Forest Management Project and distills down recommendations from that project's findings to provide land managers in the region with guidelines based on the best available science for retaining and enhancing habitat for Cerulean Warblers and a diverse avian community.

 Cerulean Warbler Forestland Enhancement Project: Step-by-Step Guide (PA)
The Cerulean Warbler Appalachian Forestland Enhancement Project is an initiative to enhance wildlife habitat in forests and improve forest health. The project is aimed at improving habitat for the declining Cerulean Warbler, but the same habitat benefits deer, turkey, and many songbirds such as the Scarlet Tanager. Funding through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) may be available to help cover some costs of habitat management on private lands.

 Cerulean Warbler Forest Enhancement Program Outreach Article (PA)
About 80% of the entire Cerulean Warbler population breeds within the Appalachian Mountains, making it one of the species of highest concern in the region. Management practices that enhance Cerulean Warbler habitat also improve forest regeneration, tree growth rates, and acorn production in oaks.

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