We are very happy to celebrate another successful year for the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture (AMJV) partnership by sharing our Year in Review publication. 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 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. We are excited for what we will accomplish in 2017.