Accession Number : ADA534757


Title :   Legacy Bird Species at Risk Monitoring in and Around Camp Navajo and the Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station, AZ


Corporate Author : ARIZONA GAME AND FISH DEPT PHOENIX AZ


Personal Author(s) : Blackman, Scott ; Frary, Vincent ; Ingraldi, Michael


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a534757.pdf


Report Date : 16 Apr 2010


Pagination or Media Count : 22


Abstract : Two Department of Defense (DoD) installations, Camp Navajo Army Depot and Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station (NOFS) are located approximately 10 miles west of Flagstaff, Arizona. Arizona ponderosa pine forests are described as having a 2-20 year fire frequency prior to European settlement, facilitating a grass-herbaceous understory beneath a mosaic of widely-spaced mature trees (Covington and Moore 1994, Covington et al. 1997, Moore et al. 1999). This landscape has changed markedly since the mid 19th century due to a convergence of complex stressors such as overgrazing, timber harvest, drought, and fire suppression (Allen et al. 2002, Moore et al. 2004). Currently, most Arizona pine forests are overstocked with dense thickets of smaller trees and high accumulations of forest litter, posing a high risk of catastrophic wildfire (Moore et al. 2004). High intensity wildfire at Camp Navajo or NOFS could destroy forest cover necessary for realistic training, could negatively affect the sustainability of training ranges and could damage high value mission-essential equipment. As such, both Camp Navajo and NOFS have recently initiated plans to reduce the risk of wildfire at their facilities by restoring their forests through a combination of thinning and burning, thereby ensuring the uninterrupted completion of mission-critical activities. Camp Navajo and NOFS have also joined a partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), US Forest Service (USFS), Arizona State Lands Department (ASLD) and Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) to monitor species recognized by the Arizona Partners in Flight (PIF) as a conservation priority including the Cordilleran flycatcher (Empidonax occidentalis) and the Olive-sided flycatcher (Contopus cooperi) (Latta et al. 1999). The primary goal of the partnership is to work proactively to conserve these species and prevent federal listing, thereby facilitating agency missions.


Descriptors :   *BIRDS , *OBSERVATORIES , *RISK MANAGEMENT , *MONITORING , CONSERVATION , FORESTRY , FIRE SUPPRESSION , ARIZONA , INSTALLATION , WILDLIFE , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE


Subject Categories : Biology
      Operations Research


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE