News & Events

Staff/Partners Speakers for Symposium on Conservation and Working Lands

AMJV Science Coordinator Dr. Becky Keller is an invited speaker at a half-day symposium on bird conservation on managed forest landscapes at The Wildlife Society (TWS) meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico September 23-27, 2017. Becky will discuss how Migratory Bird Joint Ventures are bridging the gap between high level conservation planning by international bird partnerships like Partners in Flight and local and regional habitat delivery specialists who work with landowners and foresters to improve habitat conditions for birds on public and private forested lands. She will be joined by other presenters from the AMJV partnership, including E.J. Williams of the
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Focal Landscapes Initiative: Areas Identified and Collaborations Beginning

At our recent Management Board meeting, state representatives presented on and identified focal landscapes where the AMJV partnership can provide the bird context for conservation and enhance capacity to achieve success. These focal landscapes within the Appalachians contain a large mix of public and private lands, have a tremendous amount of partner synergy taking place, and are vital to AMJV priority bird species. The goal of the initiative is to enhance the diversity of forest structure and species in the long term while integrating forest restoration efforts with bird conservation objectives. Areas currently identified by local partners include: Southwestern New
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AMJV and USFS Complete Landowner Workshops on Improving Forest Health

The Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) have finished a series of workshops across Pennsylvania and Ohio for land owners detailing practices that can improve forest habitats for birds and other wildlife. Along with describing how different forest management techniques can result in healthy, diverse habitat, the workshops introduced landowners to various resources such as cost-share programs and private lands foresters available to facilitate this type of management. In Pennsylvania, AMJV staff and partners working with Allegheny National Forest staff held a workshop in Bradford on June 9-10 that was attended by 41 landowners. The first
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Ruffed Grouse Society Wins 2017 APEX Award for Publication Excellence

The Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society (RGS/AWS) were honored to receive a recent 2017 APEX Award for Publication Excellence in the “Magazine Series” category for the 2016 Spring, Summer and Fall Hunting Special Edition issues of the Ruffed Grouse Society magazine. The award, given in the print magazines and journals section, marks the seventh consecutive year RGS/AWS has received an APEX award. “In many ways, the Ruffed Grouse Society is a major voice of our organization, effectively communicating our important mission of preserving sporting traditions by creating healthy forest habitat to members,” said RGS President and CEO John
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New Jersey’s Landscape Project

Wildlife Habitat Mapping for Community Land-use Planning and Species Conservation   What is the Landscape Project?   Designed to guide strategic wildlife habitat conservation, the Landscape Project is a pro-active, ecosystem-level approach for the long-term protection of imperiled species and their important habitats in New Jersey. The N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Endangered and Nongame Species Program (ENSP) began the project in 1994. Its goal: to protect New Jersey’s biological diversity by maintaining and enhancing imperiled wildlife populations within healthy, functioning ecosystems.   Why does NJ need the Landscape Project?   New Jersey is the most densely populated state
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Grouse Restoration Plan Comes into Focus

A newly published plan developed by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources offers a long-range strategy to help ruffed grouse populations rebound in eastern Kentucky after years of decline. The Ruffed Grouse and Young Forest Strategic Plan looks 10 years out and its success hinges on an array of partners working together to create the young forest habitat on which grouse and other woodland species can thrive. “This will be an ambitious effort, aimed at turning the tide for the ruffed grouse,” Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Gregory K. Johnson said. “There is no doubt this is a challenge
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