Atlantic Coast Joint Venture  
 
 
 

Conservation Initiatives and Plans

Bird conservation initiatives and plans have been developed for many bird groups at multiple scales. The Atlantic Coast Joint Venture is working on delivering habitat objectives consistent with these international, continental and regional plans. International and continental plans are followed by any regional step-down plans and working groups in the ACJV area.

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National, International, and Step-down Plans

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North American Waterfowl Management Plan

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View the 2004 Update
(2.17 MB Adobe pdf file)

The North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) was developed and signed in 1986 in response to declining waterfowl populations. This plan lays out a strategy between the United States, Canadian and Mexican (after 1994) governments to restore wetlands. Recovery of these shared resources is implemented through habitat protection, restoration, and enhancement through regionally-based self-directed partnerships known as joint ventures. The original plan was updated in 1994, 1998 and 2004.

Photo of a gadwall - Photo credit:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Atlantic Coast Joint Venture Waterfowl Implementation Plan

In 2005, we completed a revision of the original ACJV Implementation Plan that steps down continental and regional waterfowl population and habitat goals from the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) 2004 Update to the ACJV area. The plan presents habitat conservation goals and population indices for the ACJV consistent with the NAWMP update, provides current status assessments for waterfowl and their habitats in the joint venture, and updates focus area narratives and maps for each state. This document is intended as a blueprint for conserving the valuable breeding, migration and wintering waterfowl habitat present within the ACJV boundary based on the best available information and the expert opinion of waterfowl biologists from throughout the flyway.

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Final Report of the Joint Task Group: Recommendations from the Joint Task Group are intended to motivate the policy decisions and the technical work necessary to unite all aspects of waterfowl management.

 

Photo of an American black duck - Photo credit:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

 

Partners in Flight

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View the North American
Landbird Conservation Plan

Partners in Flight logo

Partners in Flight (PIF) formed in 1990 in response to growing concerns about the declining populations of many landbird species. The initial focus was on Neotropical migrants (species that breed in North America and winter in Central and South America) but the focus has since spread to include all North American landbird species.

The central premise of PIF has been that the resources of public and private organizations in North, Central and South America must be combined, coordinated, and increased in order to achieve success in conserving bird populations in this hemisphere.

Regional Partners in Flight Plans in ACJV

Map of the Partners in Flight Physiographic Regions

Bird Conservation Plans have been developed by PIF for the twenty-eight Partners in Flight Physiographic Areas that lie in the ACJV area. These plans identify priority species for conservation efforts in each area, recommend population and habitat objectives for managing these priority species, and provide implementation and management strategies for reaching the objectives.



Photo of a warbler - Photo credit:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Regional PIF Working Groups

The mission of regional working groups is to develop a regional strategy for bird conservation and to foster communication, coordination and cooperation among participating agencies and organizations.

Northeast Regional Working Group

The following states are represented on the PIF Northeast Working Group: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. These states have “State PIF Working Group Chairs” who coordinate PIF bird conservation activities in their state, represent their organization at PIF meetings and on the Northeast Working Group.

Southeast Regional Working Group

The following ACJV states are represented on the PIF Southeast Working Group: South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. These states have “State PIF Working Group Chairs” who coordinate PIF bird conservation activities in their state, represent their organization at PIF meetings and on the Southeast Working Group.

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