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Our History

The history of the Central Valley Joint Venture is marked by an impressive record of accomplishment. As we celebrate 30 years of the CVJV partnership, we continue to be engaged in conservation issues central to our mission, conserving bird habitat and securing reliable water supplies for public and private wetlands in the Central Valley.

The Central Valley Joint Venture has its origins in the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP), an international treaty signed in 1986 by Canada, the United States and Mexico...
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The Recollections of Key Figures in the Early History of the Central Valley Joint Venture

Dan Chapin: A Conservation Giant Remembered

Dan was a leader, mentor, advocate, and visionary without peer in the history of wetlands conservation in California.

Gary Kramer: The Central Valley Habitat Joint Venture’s First Coordinator

From its inception, the Central Valley Joint Venture has been singularly successful in attracting the finest talent...
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Glenn Olson: How the CVJV Changed the Conservation Movement

In today's Central Valley Joint Venture, collaboration between hunting and non-hunting groups is taken for granted...
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Dave Paullin

Reflections on the Early History of the Central Valley Joint Venture.
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In Memoriam

Throughout its history the Central Valley Joint Venture has benefited from the contributions of many gifted individuals. We remember the following advocates, scientists and partners whose contributions to the CVJV and the waterfowl and wetlands of the Central Valley continue to be felt.

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The CVJV partnership has earned an impressive record of accomplishment since its inception in 1988, and is making great progress towards meeting the objectives identified in its 2020 Implementation Plan.