What is the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture?
The Atlantic Coast Joint Venture provides a forum for federal, state, regional and local partners to coordinate and improve effectiveness of bird habitat conservation planning, delivery and evaluation in the Atlantic Flyway. The ACJV is a partnership of 17 states and commonwealths from Maine south to Puerto Rico, and key federal and regional habitat conservation agencies and organizations. The ACJV formed in 1988 as a regional partnership focused on the conservation of waterfowl and wetlands under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. The ACJV has since broadened its focus to conserving habitats for all birds, consistent with major national and continental bird conservation plans and the North American Bird Conservation Initiative.
Our Mission: To facilitate a partnership focused on habitat conservation for native birds in the Atlantic Flyway of the United States
The ACJV area encompasses very diverse ecosystems and habitats, from the boreal forests and rocky coastlines of Maine south to the tropical mangrove swamps and coral reefs of Florida and Puerto Rico, and from the rugged forested peaks of the Appalachian Mountains east to the low-lying Atlantic Coastal Plain with its many coastal rivers, bays.
The ACJV covers 283 million acres (442,000 square miles), or 12% of the total area of the United States. It is the most densely populated region in the United States, with over 105 million residents. The ACJV area contains one of the longest coastlines of any joint venture. The 2,069 mile long coast extending from Maine to Florida includes a 28,673 miles of tidal areas, inlets and other coastal features.
The multitude of ecosystems in the ACJV support a high abundance and diversity of birds including 37 native species of waterfowl, 40 species of shorebirds, 72 species of colonially-nesting waterbirds (including pelagic species) and over 200 landbird species.
ACJV Strategic Planning
Objectives, strategies, and achievement measures for the ACJV can be grouped into three major components:
- Biological Foundation
- Conservation Coordination and Delivery
- Communication and Outreach
These components are described in the ACJV Strategic Plan, developed in July 2004 and updated in 2009. The plan provides goal(s) for each component, objectives and strategies for reaching goals, and annual achievement measures.
Other Helpful Resources
Migratory Bird Joint Venture Overview (website & video)