Partnerships & Coordination
The mission of the IWJV is to conserve priority bird habitats through partnership-driven, science-based projects and programs. This team is uniquely positioned to oversee, deliver, and support implementation of this intra-agency agreement. Following is an overview of the IWJV’s approach to building and coordinating partnerships, especially as it relates to the effective execution of this intra-agency agreement.
The IWJV is governed by a highly diverse executive-level Management Board that bridges multiple perspectives and is very effective in finding common ground for sagebrush habitat conservation. An important suite of agencies and organizations have joined this sagebrush partnership in its initial year of implementation and contributed either financially or other in-kind services. The IWJV has developed a diverse funding portfolio over the past decade. Continuous pursuit of new partners (energy companies, conservation districts, NGOs, private landowners organizations, etc.) has contributed to their funding portfolio and the overall success of the IWJV.
Leveraging funds is a key service offered by the IWJV. In the last year, more than a dozen organizations have joined the partnership, including ConocoPhillips, The Nature Conservancy, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Rocky Mountain/Pacific Power, and the Mule Deer Foundation. Contributions from these and other partners amounted to $1.88 million. Partnerships and coordination is an IWJV strength. The BLM has become a crucial partner in the IWJV's operation and together we are bridging multiple perspectives and has made strides in finding common ground and funding for sagebrush habitat conservation.
The IWJV continues to engage public and private partners in its communications efforts. A three-year communications strategy was completed, which concentrates on increasing locally led, science-based, partnership-driven conservation practices. Other accomplishments include establishing a growing data base that includes more than 3,500 contacts and an active social media presence, which entails multiple weekly posts and boasts more than 3,000 “friends.” A new web portal, “Partners in the Sage” was launched in September and several publications were produced as well.