Partner and Landowner OutreachAMJV 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.
The Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture (AMJV) is a self-directed partnership focused on conserving native birds in the Appalachian Mountains of the eastern United States. This brochure provides a summary of how we are achieving our goals, protecting priority species, and delivering science and conservation with partners.
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.
Cerulean Warbler Forest Enhancement Program Flowchart (WVA)
Cerulean Warblers, along with more familiar species like turkey, grouse and deer, thrive in forests with a mix of large trees, canopy openings and dense plant regeneration. By enrolling in the Cerulean Warbler Forest Enhancement Program, eligible private landowners can receive nancial and technical assistance to help manage their woodlands. Common practices include improvement thinning, invasive plant control and commercial timber harvest overseen by a consulting forester. Use this yer as a guide to help take advantage of the program!