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Central Hardwoods Joint Venture

The Central Hardwoods Joint Venture (CHJV) is a partnership of state and federal government agencies and non-governmental organizations who work together to ensure the long-term viability of native bird populations. CHJV concentrates conservation efforts over an area comprising 75 million acres of rolling hills covered with hardwood forests interspersed with glades and woodlands and crisscrossed by deep river valleys. The area includes the Ozark Highlands, Boston Mountains, and Interior Lowland Plateaus. To protect native bird species throughout their ranges, the JV works with partners in Mexico and Canada in areas that these birds use for breeding or over-wintering.

Central Hardwoods Joint Venture

CHJV and the Appalachian LCC

The Appalachian LCC funds research of the conservation community’s top science needs to address the landscape conservation challenges within the region. By identifying, prioritizing, and supporting fundamental scientific research through coordination and strategic investment of scarce resources, the Appalachian LCC is fostering the development and application of vital information and decision-support tools. As a bird partnership working to insure the long-term viability of native bird populations across the Central Hardwoods region, the CHJV uses their own science as well as research supported by the Appalachian LCC for delivering on-the-ground conservation activities and projects to protect a diversity of habitats to sustain migratory bird populations for the benefit of those species, other wildlife, and the public.


CHJV Projects ImageThough some projects are directly linked to habitat improvements, many focus on directing and facilitating cooperation between partners, influencing policies and agency operations, or providing information and support to our partners. Most of the effort is focused within the CHBCR, but the CHJV will engage in national, regional and even international projects which benefit our habitat and population goals. The following are some of the most recent efforts;

1. Regional Glade Conservation Assessment

This collaborative effort analyzed and documented the current status and distribution of glade ecosystems within the Central Hardwoods Bird Conservation Region planning area and was completed in 2013. This assessment is the first step in identifying glade complexes with the greatest potential to address the habitat needs of numerous species of conservation concern associated with these shallow bedrock communities.

2. Interior Highland Shortleaf Pine Initiative

In 2011 the CHJV formed a regional partnership with the goal of sharing knowledge about the restoration and management of shortleaf or pine-oak ecosystems across the Ozark, Boston, and Ouachita Mountains. To date, there are roughly 500,000 acres of ecosystem restoration targeted in key landscapes on public lands alone, with large amounts of funding coming from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service’s Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program. It is anticipated that this effort will become part of a range wide Shortleaf Pine restoration project in the future.

3. Promotion of Prescribed Fire

The CHJV is actively engaged in supporting prescribed fire use at not only the regional, but also the national level, and is a participating member of state prescribed fire councils in Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas and Tennessee. We also work closely with the Oaks and Forest Fire Consortium, the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative’s Forestry Subcommittee and other organizations to maintain fire as a viable management tool.

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CHJV and Appalachian LCC Boundaries

This map details the boundaries of the Central Hardwood Joint Venture and the Appalachian LCC, detailing where the two partnerships areas of research and management overlap.

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