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Species at Risk on DOD Installations > Conclusion
The key management implications that follow from our assessment are:
- DOD should focus efforts and funding on protecting at-risk species and associated habitats on installations in biologically rich areas of the country, particularly central and southern California, Florida, and Hawaii.
- If DOD sets priorities for species conservation funding by military service, resources could be directed toward the Army and Navy, both of which have significantly higher numbers and densities of species at risk than the other military services.
- On installations with relatively few species at risk, DOD may be able to implement single species management strategies. In contrast, for installations with many at-risk species, DOD may need to implement multi-species or ecosystem level management plans.
- Natural resource managers of installations have an important responsibility
to conserve and protect species at risk that are nearly or completely restricted
to DOD lands.
- DOD should focus resources on protecting closely adjoining lands from encroachment, particularly on installations with high numbers and/or densities of at-risk species. DOD also should work with neighboring landowners to protect species at risk that occur in buffer areas surrounding installations.
In conclusion, DOD has a unique opportunity to use the findings from this assessment to help focus efforts on early conservation of species at risk on and around DOD installations, helping to both preserve biological diversity and prevent restrictive land use policies on DOD lands in the future.
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