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Species of Concern (SOC) on Department of Defense Installations

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Final rept.

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The information supplied through this project by NatureServe and the network of Natural Heritage Programs NHPs provides the Department of Defense DOD and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service FWS with information about Species of Concern SOC on military bases. This work is intended to assist the military in focusing efforts, efficiently and effectively, towards conservation of species that may soon need listing if population declines occur or continue. Some of these species of concern may be endemic to military landholdings or dependent on military efforts to remain viable or achieve recovery. The conservation of SOC habitats could possibly preclude the need to list the species. Early conservation of candidate species, or before the species becomes a candidate, preserves management options, minimizes the cost of recovery, and reduces the potential for restrictive land use policies in the future. This document supports the spatial biodiversity data analyses provided to the DOD and the FWS. The document contains an explanation of NatureServe and Natural Heritage Program methods and details of the data to aid DOD and FWS in proper interpretation and representation of the information provided. Section 2 describes general methods NHPs and NatureServe employ to gather and maintain information on biological diversity. Section 3 provides a description of the dataset, the analyses performed, and provides suggestions and guidelines for the use of the project results. Appendix 5 contains details pertaining to the state datasets delivered. Additional appendices contain supporting documents useful for interpretation.

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  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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