The CIJV focuses conservation efforts where they will have the greatest benefits for habitats and the birds that rely on them. In the past, securing and restoring habitat has been a mainstay of our work; such efforts have yielded great success and will always be a major part of what the CIJV does. However, to provide the greatest benefit to birds, we must influence land use practices at a much greater scale than individual properties. We must take an active role in promoting stewardship of the land, and partnerships with industry and local governments will be critical.
Between 2003 and 2016, CIJV partners have invested over 53 million dollars (cash and in-kind contributions) in habitat projects in the Canadian Intermountain. This has resulted in 108,935 ha (1,089 km2) of valuable bird habitat that has been secured and is now managed for birds and other wildlife. Over 48,000 ha (480 km2) of these lands have subsequently been restored to improve their ecological value. An additional 3,301 ha (33 km2) have been positively influenced by stewardship activities.