For Wildlife and Habitat Partners

The PLJV boundary in relation to the short- and mixed-grass prairie Bird Conservation Regions.

The Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) exists to make bird and bird habitat conservation happen. Using science, geographic information systems (GIS), policy, communications and outreach, we help partners be more efficient and remove bottlenecks that impede conservation from progressing. We do this through collaboration with the larger partnership of federal and state wildlife agencies, conservation groups and private industry — represented by our Management Board — who implement the conservation actions.

Our biological planning and decision support tools help wildlife agencies, conservation groups and other partners design conservation programs and strategies that result in the greatest benefits to birds. These tools are based on the latest science and the best available avian and geospatial data and are subject to rigorous review and revision.

When appropriate, we work on the rule-making and implementation side of large programs such as the Farm Bill. Through this work, we serve as a link between private landowners and policy makers, resulting in programs that, we hope, work for both conservation and agricultural interests.

Because all conservation happens locally, we invest in local conservation partnerships through our PLJV ConocoPhillips and Capacity Grant Programs. Our intent is to foster these groups in priority landscapes and link partners to other large granting programs such as the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA).

We also use proven communication strategies and tools — such as the Playa Post e-newsletter, Playa Country radio show and landowner survey and focus groups— to connect the partnership, landowners and industry to the appropriate products and information.