Many organizations, including all federal land management agencies use ecoregions as a foundation for planning. These regions are large areas that have characteristic, and often geographically distinct species, communities, and landscapes. The Nature Conservancy, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have completed Ecoregional Assessments that identify and map the distribution of all ecological communities within the regions and the provide information on the integrity of these communities. These assessments also provide information on the rare, threatened, and imperiled species with the areas of study.
Placing a military installation within its ecoregion can provide important information as to the relative importance of the installation’s biodiversity from a regional, national, and global perspective.
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Bob Unnasch, Ph.D.
Sound Science LLC