DoD Biodiversity Conservation Handbook
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Chapter 1: Biodiversity and the Military Mission; By  Bruce A. Stein, Ph.D

How to Use This Guide

Avon Park
Largely undisturbed natural habitat in buffer areas surrounding impact zones, such as these at Avon Park Air Force Range, represents some of the best-preserved natural habitat in central Florida's Lake Wales Ridge. (Photo: Douglas Ripley)

This guide provides background information, examples, and tools to help natural resources managers develop ecosystem-based biodiversity conservation strategies in the context of the military mission and Integrated Natural Resources Management Plans. The problems and opportunities that natural resources managers face vary from installation to installation. Some installations comprise many thousands of acres, support populations of rare species or sensitive natural communities, and have substantial staff and funding allocated to natural resources management. Other installations are biologically more modest, or have relatively few staff and little funding available for natural resources management. This guide is designed to offer assistance and guidance for managers of both types of installations. Other important factors include the level of support from installation commanders and other senior managers, the degrees of receptivity of operations/training personnel, and the nature and intensity of the military mission on the installation. Still, no matter what conditions exist on the installation, it is always possible to improve management practices in some way, and the principles and examples provided here will be applicable.With commitment and creativity – and often patience and willingness to compromise – you can promote stewardship and make a contribution to the military mission through biodiversity conservation.

Over the past decade a great deal of innovation and experience has been gained across the Department of Defense in supporting the military mission through biodiversity conservation. The first edition of this guide was largely organized around the model process for ecosystem management described in box 1.2. This new handbook edition takes advantage of the many successful applications of these principles that have been carried out over the past ten years, and is organized around best practices and lessons learned by many of the military's leading natural resources practitioners. We also focus on practical applications of many of the principles and underlying theories summarized in the handbook's first edition. The guide can be read sequentially, or the reader is invited to delve into specific topics and chapters that may be of interest, or relate to current issues or problems that they are confronting.

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Bruce A. Stein Ph.D is Vice President and Chief Scientist, NatureServe.

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