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NAWMP Webinar Series: Working Wetlands & Water in the West
Joy Morris and Laurel Anders, IWJV

The Intermountain West Joint Venture’s newest initiative, Water 4, is focused on conserving working wet meadows and water for agriculture, wildlife and fisheries habitat, groundwater recharge, and landscape resiliency in ways that matter to people. Since its launch in January 2019, Water 4 has focused on the geographies of significance to waterfowl and other wetland-dependent birds and effectively moved the needle to increase the pace of conservation on private wetlands and irrigated wet meadows, all of which is directly tied to making conservation work relevant to people. The relevancy to people focus started with IWJV’s early work studying the human dimension aspect of how ranchers view flood irrigation, a practice extremely important to Pacific Flyway waterfowl.

Join the seminar to hear how over the last two years, Water 4 has gained significant traction in ranching, irrigation, fisheries, and landscape resiliency which is resulting in new funding streams for waterfowl habitat conservation in the Intermountain West.– (Water 4) Initiative

Dec 10, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Joy Morris
Water 4 Program Coordinator @Intermountain West Joint Venture
Joy joined the IWJV team in 2018 as the lead for the newly established Water 4 Program. Joy founded her career working on water and conservation challenges in Western landscapes. She brings extensive experience previously working as a restoration coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Walker Basin Water Program Director for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), and the Water Conservation Director for the Walker Basin Conservancy. She has spent her career developing on-the-ground partnerships for land and water conservation working with farmers and ranchers to sustain their operations while achieving mutually beneficial conservation goals. Joy is passionate about strategic conservation through partnerships, developing common ground and trust, and finding creative solutions to support and enhance agricultural opportunities that benefit fish, wildlife, and overall landscape resiliency. Full bio: https://iwjv.org/staff/joy-morris/
Laurel Anders
Communications & Organizational Manager @Intermountain West Joint Venture
Laurel trekked west in October 2016 to join the IWJV team. Her role is the lead communications and management staff working across all program areas. She facilitates planning, production, and implementation of strategic communications to build partnerships for habitat conservation and advance the IWJV’s mission. She also leads improvements to efficiency and effectiveness across the organization. Full bio: https://iwjv.org/staff/laurel-anders/