Central Hardwoods Joint Venture

The Central Hardwoods Joint Venture (CHJV) is a partnership of state, federal, and non-for-profit wildlife conservation agencies and organizations that work together to insure the long-term viability of native bird populations across the Central Hardwoods Bird Conservation Region. Management Board consisting of representatives of each partner agency or organization provides the overall vision and guidance for the partnership; CHJV staff rovide the day-to-day coordination and technical capacity needed to implement the CHJV vision.  The CHJV also involves staff from partner agencies and organizations via technical committees such as the Upland and Wetland Science Teams to establish biological objectives for planning and conservation design. In addition to the CHJV, there are 17 other bird habitat Joint Ventures across the United States.

Although the work of the CHJV is directly focused on efforts to sustain viable bird populations in the Central Hardwoods Bird Conservation Region, many of our breeding birds leave for the winter and also need high-quality habitat while away. The Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico is known to be important migration corridor and wintering grounds for many species of Neotropical migrants, and the CHJV enjoys an informal partnership with The Alianza Ambiental para la Península de Yucatán (AAPY) to help conserve the Yucatan’s native habitat for the sake of our shared birds. AAPY, a group comprised of six key conservation institutions in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico (Reserva Ecológica del Edén, Niños y Crías, Pronatura Peninsula de Yucatan, The Nature Conservancy, the National Commission for Protected Areas – CONANP, and Amigos de Sian Ka’an), is using a combination of targeted acquisition, environmental education, private lands incentive programs, ecoservices payments, etc. as conservation tools in a effort to protect a large forested corridor in the state of Quintana Roo from conversion to pasture or urban growth not only for the conservation of migrant and resident birds, but also for jaguars, crocodiles, and other wildlife species of conservation concern.

Contact Central Hardwoods Joint Venture

Jane Fitzgerald
14264 Reno Springs Road
Reeds Spring, Missouri  65737
Phone: (417) 272-1099


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