The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) owns or manages more than 25 million acres of lands, representing a wide array of natural ecosystems that support numerous rare and endangered species. In addition, DoD installations are located in ecologically significant areas and provide refuge to a large number of the nation's threatened and endangered plants and animals. Ensuring the long-term viability of these species requires an understanding of these landscapes, species resource requirements, and the contributions of regionally located federal, state and local organizations. The DoD relies heavily upon these lands for conducting military missions, and training days may be limited due to ecological impacts occurring on this natural infrastructure. Research in this area has been imperative to controlling the risk associated with naturally occurring roadblocks. SERDP and ESTCP efforts are developing and demonstrating the science, models, methods, and technologies associated with species management. The focus of this session is to discuss research and resultant management efforts focused on minimizing impacts and reducing conflicts between threatened, endangered, and at-risk species management and military activities; identifying species vulnerable to population and habitat decline; maintaining long-term species and habitat viability; and reducing the potential for future listings.

Session Chair: Mr. Alan Anderson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Introduction by Session Chair

Mr. Alan Anderson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Research Needs in Support of Species Action Plans

Mr. Ryan Orndorff, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense

Climate Adaptation for DoD Natural Resource Managers: A New Guide for Addressing Climate Concerns in INRMPs

Dr. Bruce Stein, National Wildlife Federation

Local and Landscape Scale Factors Affecting Population Persistence of Rare Long-Lived Species

Dr. Wade Wall, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Predicting the Persistence of Salamanders on DoD Lands

Dr. Katherine O'Donnell, U.S. Geological Survey

Aquatic Invasive Species in Pacific Island Streams

Dr. Michael Blum, University of Tennessee Knoxville,Dr. Derek Hogan, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi