Impacts of Military Training and Land Management on Threatened and Endangered Species in the Southeastern Fall Line Sandhills Communities
Final rept. May 2002-Dec 2008
SAVANNAH RIVER LAB AIKEN SC
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This research evaluated effects of military training activities and forest management for the federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker RCW on the sustainability of Fall Line sandhills plant communities and associated threatened, endangered and sensitive TES plant species. The primary goals were to identify current management conditions for the sandhills communities on military installations and other federal lands, to assess tradeoffs and potential conflicts among species habitat sensitivities, and to provide recommendations to optimize land management objectives. The overall objectives were 1 at the landscape scale, to assess whether military training and forest management of longleaf pine woodlands to promote RCW habitat single species management are appropriate for managing sandhills communities and 2 at the species level, to determine how combinations of forest management and training activities affect individual TES species, including rare sandhills plants.