Reports and Publications
Workshop Report: Assessing Species Vulnerability to Climate Change, Applying the RMRS Assessment Tool-August 2010 (Legacy 09-433) (PDF)
On 8/30/2010, the Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) conducted a workshop "Assessing Species Vulnerability to Climate Change. Using the RMRS-USFS assessment tool to assist management goals in the face of climate change" at the Tucson Regional Office of Arizona Game & Fish Department. The purpose of this workshop was to present the findings of Legacy Project #09-433 which used a recently developed species vulnerability to climate change assessment tool to identify relative vulnerability, areas of specific vulnerabilities and potential management actions for threatened, endangered and at-risk species on the Ft. Huachuca and Barry M. Goldwater Ranges in southern Arizona.
Coordinated Bird Monitoring: Technical Recommendations for Military Lands - Final Report, June 2012 (Legacy 05-246, 06-246 and 07-246) (PDF)
The Department of Defense is subject to several rules and regulations establishing responsibilities for monitoring migratory birds. The Sikes Act requires all military installations with significant natural resources to prepare and implement Integrated Natural Resources Management Plans (INRMPs). The management and conservation of migratory birds is addressed in installation INRMPs. By following these procedures, DoD can minimize the possibility for a proposed action to unintentionally take migratory birds at a level that would violate any of the migratory bird treaties and potentially impact mission activities. In addition, implementing conservation and monitoring programs for migratory birds supports the ecosystem integrity necessary to sustain DoD's natural resources for the military mission.
Natural Resources Funding Manual (PDF)
The Natural Resources Funding Manual identifies funding resources for which the Department of Defense (DoD) may apply, directly or through partnerships with local, state, or tribal governments; non-governmental organizations (NGOs); commercial organizations; or private landowners. It is intended to facilitate the search for funding sources, but is by no means a comprehensive list of all available resources.
Scanning the Conservation Horizon: A Guide to Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (Legacy 09-460) (PDF)
This guide offers resource managers a way to understand the impact of climate change on species and ecosystems and is a new tool to support efforts to safeguard these valuable natural resources. The peer-reviewed guide is designed to help conservation professionals and natural resource managers craft effective strategies to prepare for and cope with the effects of rapid climate change on the nation's fish, wildlife, and natural habitats.
Designing a Geography of Hope: Practitioner's Handbook to Ecoregional Conservation Planning - Volume I and II, April 2000 (Legacy 00-135) (PDF)
The guidelines contained in this second edition provide methods for identifying the conservation sites where action needs to take place.
Conserving Biodiversity on Military Lands - A Guide for Natural Resources Managers (PDF)
Building on the success of the 1996 DoD Biodiversity Handbook, this updated version is intended to provide an overview of major DoD natural resources issues with a specific emphasis on biodiversity conservation.
Conserving Biodiversity on Military Lands: The Commanders Guide (PDF)
Biodiversity provides us with tangible and intangible benefits to our economy, our health, and our quality of life. For installation leaders, maintaining biodiversity also helps to ensure training and troop readiness. To do so successfully requires access to environments similar to those expected to be encountered in combat. This Guide provides a summary of what Commander's should know about biodiversity conservation. Coral Reef Conservation Guide for the Military
Coral Reef Conservation Guide for the Military (PDF)
The purpose of this Guide is to create awareness and outline procedures militaries should use to ensure safe and environmentally responsible behavior in and around coral reefs. Coral reefs are important for environmental, economic, recreational and strategic reasons. They are both beautiful and fragile resources which must be treated with respect. This Guide is intended to help military forces conduct their operations in these sensitive areas while minimizing the potential for adverse impacts to coral reefs.
Article: Federal Lands and Endangered Species: The Role of Military Lands in Sustaining Biodiversity (PDF)
Bruce A. Stein, Cameron Scott, and Nancy Benton. This article details the findings from a Legacy study (published in BioScience, April 2008 / Vol. 58 No. 4). It explores how endangered and imperiled species are distributed across the federal estate to determine the relative stewardship responsibilities of the major federal land management agencies.
Threatened and Endangered Species Research Update Newsletter (PDF)