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Focus on Focal Landscapes

Challenges to Conservation in the Appalachian Region Most forests in the Appalachian Mountain Region have historically been or are currently impacted by many pressures, including mass deforestation, poor forest management, an influx of invasive plants and insects, and suppression of natural disturbances, like fire. These pressures reduce the health, resiliency, and ability of our forests to provide quality habitat for a diversity of plants, birds, and other wildlife. Since our formation in 2008, the AMJV has worked to build partnerships to conserve, manage, and restore the health of forest habitat across our 103 million-acre geography. However, it requires tremendous capacity
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AMJV Technical Committee Meets in Western Maryland

On August 6th and 7th, at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) Appalachian Lab in Frostburg, MD, 39 environmental professionals representing 23 organizations – including state and federal agencies, universities, and non-profits – attended the AMJV Technical Committee meeting to learn and share about bird conservation in the Appalachian Region. The meeting began with updates from recent bird conservation meetings, including newly released species population estimates and ACAD assessment scores. AMJV staff also led discussions on the importance of landscape-level and multiple-species management, partner roles in the AMJV’s strategic plan, and the AMJV’s Focal Landscape Initiative. On
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2018 AMJV Year in Review

The 2018 AMJV Year in Review, including updates from AMJV partners and a special tribute to David Pashley, has arrived! Click here to download the 2018 AMJV Year in Review

NABCI Committee Releases National Bird Conservation Priorities

NABCI helps the bird conservation community speak with a unified voice about top priorities that our federal, state, and NGO partners agree on, and we facilitate coordinated communication with government leadership about highest priority bird conservation needs. To help our partners communicate about priorities that most urgently need to happen and for which it will be possible to make progress over the next 3-5 years, NABCI developed a short list of National Bird Conservation Priorities.  This list compiles priority themes, strategies, and actions from across other national and international reports (such as the State of the Birds reports and the Partners
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NFWF awards $2.2 million in grants to improve the health of the Delaware River watershed

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 27, 2018) – The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced 13 grant awards totaling $2.2 million for water quality restoration and habitat conservation in targeted regions throughout the Delaware River watershed. Grantee organizations have committed $3.5 million in match, generating a total conservation impact of more than $5.7 million.   The grants announced today were awarded to projects in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. In total, the projects will improve 4,575 acres of forest habitat, treat polluted runoff using agricultural conservation practices on nearly 7,790 acres, prevent 11.25 million gallons of unfiltered stormwater from
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NABCI’s Bird Conservation Relevancy Toolkit- helping partners build broad and diverse relationships

August 28, 2018 – by Judith Scarl, NABCI Coordinator – Today I am excited to share NABCI’s new Relevancy Toolkit, a resource designed to facilitate conversations between the bird-focused community and other partners whose broad goals may align with bird conservation outcomes.  Since actions and outcomes that benefit birds can also have far-reaching benefits for human health, economic interests, and other human goals, engaging a broad community to work towards common goals can ensure we have the capacity and buy-in to tackle complex conservation challenges.  Many of us collaborate with diverse groups such as private landowners, agricultural organizations, industry, land
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