Management of Florida Scrub for Threatened and Endangered Species
CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL
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Florida Scrub on military installations supports a number of land uses including the Department of Defense DoD training and testing mission and threatened, endangered, and sensitive species TES conservation. This report documents strategies to manage TES and their habitat on a plant community basis, using methods that apply to multiple species occurring in scrub within the state of Florida. This report provides ecological descriptions of the community, along with available information about community occurrence on DoD installations in Florida. Known occurrences of plant and animal TES are also included. Known and potential impacts to the integrity of the community as TES habitat and to associated species are reported. Impacts are related to habitat fragmentation, and changes in community composition, structure and function due altered fire regime, hydrologic patterns, groundcover integrity or the invasion of exotic species. Management recommendations are made within as ecosystem based, adaptive management context.