Woodlands, Forests and Forestry
Ongoing Maintenance and Monitoring of Established American Chestnut (Castanea dentata) Test Orchards on Two TNARNG Installations - Final Report, December 2011 (Legacy 10-401) (PDF)
American chestnut was one of the dominant trees on an estimated 9 million acres of eastern U.S. forests until the Asian chestnut blight nearly extirpated the species in the early 20th century. A few relicts survive in the wild, and the American Chestnut Foundations (TACF) has used them in a long-term program to cross American chestnut survivors and Chinese chestnut, which is naturally resistant to the blight. The Tennessee Army National Guard (TNARNG) developed a cooperative agreement with TACF in 2008 to place seedling orchards on unused training land at VTS-Catoosa and VTS-Milan. Under Legacy Project 08-401, two sites were prepared, fenced, and planted with a selection of backcross hybrids, as well as pure Chinese and pure American chestnuts. This report details the process and the results of the planting and raising of these 2 DoD orchards.
Ongoing Maintenance and Monitoring of Established American Chestnut (Castanea dentata) Test Orchards on Two TNARNG Installations - Final Report, December 2011, Appendix 1: Orchard Data (Legacy 10-401) (XLSX)
Detailed orchard information as part of the main report of the same title.
Habitat Use at Multiple Scales by Pinyon-Juniper Birds on Department of Defense Lands: Landscape Scale-Year 1 Final Report January 2011 (Legacy 09-425) (PDF)
Throughout their range, pinyon-juniper habitats are threatened by drought, insects, disease, and fire, all of which can be exacerbated by climate change, and several pinyon-juniper animal species have been classified as Species-at-Risk (SAR). This project investigates habitat use at multiple scales (landscape, territory/colony, and nest) by two pinyon-juniper SAR, Gray Vireo and Pinyon Jay, at three DoD installations in New Mexico. This study of habitat use by two at-risk species that differ in seasonal movements, social structure, and foraging habits, viewed at multiple scales and several installations, will provide a broad perspective on the management of pinyon-juniper woodlands. This report covers the first year of the project, in which focuses on landscape-scale habitat use.
Project Protocol for Establishing American Chestnut Test Orchards on Two TNARNG Installations - Final Report, March 2012 (Legacy 08-401) (PDF)
Tennessee Army National Guard (TNARNG) American chestnut project all began with a lunchtime seminar hosted by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency at which the American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) gave a presentation on his organizationÃ‚Â’s efforts to restore this species to the eastern landscape. It has been a complex process to get from that discussion to the several hundred chestnut seedlings growing in orchards on two TNARNG training sites. The goal of this paper is to document that process, highlighting problems, successes, and lessons learned, so that other installations/organizations may also find it possible to contribute to the rescue efforts for this species.
Habitat Change Analysis Using Landsat TM (Legacy 02-161) (PDF)
Regional (multispectral) image data were used to map vegetation changes significant to North Carolina Sandhills Conservation Partnership (NCSCP)s wildlife management objectives. Hyperspectral image data were used in discriminating pine forest types and to enhance land cover information.
Conservation Resources for Prairie and Oak Woodland Landowners Brochure (The Nature Conservancy) (PDF)
In support of Legacy Project: Strategy for the Cooperative Recovery of Rare Species Affecting Training Ranges (with the primary objective to preclude the need for listing of species under the ESA of federal candidate species that occur on the grasslands of Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base by promoting cooperative ecosystem recovery) this brochure gives valuable information to the public regarding conservation of prairies in the pacific northwest and incentives available for conservation efforts.
The Longleaf Alliance (Website)
The mission of The Longleaf Alliance is to ensure a sustainable future for the longleaf pine ecosystem through partnerships, landowner assistance and science-based education and outreach.