Joint Venture Waterfowl Conservation Plans are “stepped down” plans designed to ensure that each bird conservation region within the United States is able to meet its appropriate share of waterfowl population objectives, based on the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, NAWMP. The NAWMP was first developed in 1986 and has been updated 6 times since then (see list of documents below).
Mississippi Alluvial Valley
The Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV) is an ecologically rich wetland ecosystem, encompassing 25 million acres that can winter up to 40% of waterfowl in the Mississippi Flyway. To support the mission of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP), the Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture uses a bioenergetic model to derive goals for waterfowl conservation. The results of the bioenergetic model and other documents are contained here.
View or download MAV Waterfowl Planning Documents
MAV Allocation Framework (2010)
MAV Stepdown - by State (2015)
Full Document (5 MB)
Arkansas only (2 MB)
Kentucky only (2 MB)
Louisiana only (2 MB)
Mississippi only (2 MB)
Missouri only (2 MB)
Tennessee only (2 MB)
West Gulf Coastal Plain/Ozarks
The West Gulf Coastal Plain/Ouachitas (WGCPO) physiographic area occupies about 52 million acres in southwestern Arkansas, southwestern Oklahoma, western Louisiana, and eastern Texas. Although pine forests dominate the region, it is dissected by numerous river systems and forested wetlands. These wetland habitats support populations of several waterfowl species, including wood duck and mallard. The results of the conservation planning for waterfowl in the region and other documents are contained here.
View or download WGCPO Waterfowl Planning Documents
View or download the Derivation of Waterfowl Population Targets for the WGCP analysis.
North American Waterfowl Management Plans (NAWMP):
The North American Waterfowl Management Plan of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico aims to recover waterfowl populations from historic lows in the early 20th century by restoring and managing wetland ecosystems to conserve biological diversity in the Western Hemisphere, to integrate wildlife conservation with sustainable economic development, and to promote conservation partnerships of public and private agencies, organizations, and individuals. Click here to visit the NAWMP page on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's site.