The AMJV was established in 2008 as one of 21 U.S. Migratory Bird Joint Ventures (JVs). Each JV is a collaborative, regional partnership of government agencies, non-profit organizations, corporations, and individuals that work to conserve habitat for the benefit of birds, other wildlife, and people.
We are a voluntary, self-directed partnership that operates across all or portions of 12 states including: Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and West Virginia.
The AMJV is governed by a Management Board comprised of several of our partner organizations. This body establishes the direction and priorities of Joint Venture activities. The AMJV is administered by professional staff committed to strengthening the partnership, guiding strategic habitat conservation delivery through strong science, and enhancing funding for habitat conservation efforts throughout the Appalachians.
Our Technical Committee serves as the primary advisory group for the AMJV staff and Management Board, guiding the priorities, activities, and needs of the partnership. The committee is comprised of a diverse array of scientists, biologists, foresters, and other conservation professionals from universities, state and federal agencies, and non-government organizations.
To more effectively address the needs across our broad geography, we have established smaller regional partnerships to enhance engagement with partners and better direct work on the ground. We also work with other existing partnerships that share our conservation goals.
The AMJV receives funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, many of our other state federal, and NGO partners, and various federal and private grants.