Multi-site Management Plan Ecoregional Conservation for the Ouachita Ecoregion Arkansas and Oklahoma
NATURE CONSERVANCY LITTLE ROCK AR
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In 1996 the Department of Defense DoD produced Conserving Biodiversity on Military Lands A Handbook for Natural Resources Managers in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy TNC that provided the foundation for multi-site adaptive conservation management. The handbook recognized managing for biodiversity contributes to military readiness and mission fulfillment in an economically efficient and legally compliant manner, as well as providing a base for public support and increasing the standard of living for military personnel. Also in 1996, TNC developed an ecoregional approach to conservation, outlined in Conservation by Design A Framework for Mission Success, stating that successful biodiversity conservation requires working at large scales and along ecological instead of geopolitical lines. Ecoregions, large units of land and water delineated by characteristic biotic and abiotic factors, provide a better geographic basis than states for prioritizing conservation actions. Strategic planning on an ecoregional scale encourages review of ecological systems, plant and animal communities, and species in one spatial frame, providing a structure for capturing ecological variability among the elements of biological diversity.