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Threatened, Endangered, and At-Risk Species Workshops


DoD Pacific Islands Region Threatened, Endangered, and At-Risk Species Workshop-II
February 2-4, 2010, Honolulu, Hawaii

Many installations critical for military training and testing are located throughout the Pacific Region and provide essential habitat for numerous threatened, endangered, and at-risk species (TER-S). The Legacy Resource Management Program sponsored a follow-up to a June 2006 TER-S workshop to (1) revisit the priorities for research, technology, and adaptive management that were identified during the 2006 workshop, and assess to what extent those needs have been met; (2) identify new and emerging TER-S related issues and potential roadblocks; (3) identify and prioritize opportunities for investment in research, technology, and/or adaptive management that could fulfill relevant TER-S needs; and (4) bolster the regional partnerships that were established at the 2006 workshop, and establish new personal and professional connections through which participants could work to better integrate research, management, and collaborative initiatives to benefit TER-S in the region. As a result of this workshop, DoD invested $6.75 million into new funding for TER-S research and management needs. This amount does not include the funds and contributed goods/services provided by project partners, or projects funded wholly by other groups, making the total on the ground impact even greater. These opportunities are described in the Workshop Proceedings.


DoD Southwest Region Threatened, Endangered, and At-Risk Species Workshop
October 22-25, 2007, Tucson, Arizona

Many installations critical for military training and testing are located throughout the southwestern United States and provide essential habitat for numerous TER-S. SERDP, ESTCP, and the Legacy Resource Management Program sponsored a workshop to (1) assess TER-S management needs within a regional context, with an emphasis on system-level and cross-boundary approaches; (2) assess these approaches for their potential to keep common species common while recovering or enhancing TER-S populations; (3) assess current understanding of the ecology of arid and semiarid ecosystems and how that does or should affect management approaches; (4) examine the current state of the practice within DoD for such holistic approaches; and (5) identify gaps in knowledge, technology, management, and partnerships that, if addressed, could improve implementation of such approaches. Discussions resulted in the prioritization of investment opportunities to address such gaps and management challenges. These opportunities are described in the Workshop Proceedings.


DoD Southeast Region Threatened, Endangered and At-Risk Species Workshop
February 27-March 1, 2007, Cocoa Beach, Florida

Many installations critical for military training and testing are located throughout the southeastern United States and provide essential habitat for numerous TER-S. SERDP, ESTCP and the Legacy Resource Management Program sponsored a workshop to (1) assess TER-S management needs within a regional context, with an emphasis on system-level and cross-boundary approaches and to (2) identify potential partners and existing partnership structures, as well as gaps in knowledge, technology, management, and partnerships that, if addressed, could improve implementation of such approaches. During the course of the workshop, discussions resulted in the prioritization of investment opportunities to address such gaps and management challenges. These investment opportunities are described in the Workshop Proceedings.


DoD Pacific Region Threatened, Endangered and At-Risk Species Workshop
June 6-8, 2006, Honolulu, Hawaii

Many installations critical for military training and testing are located throughout the Pacific Region and provide essential habitat for numerous TER-S. SERDP, ESTCP, and the Legacy Resource Management Program sponsored a workshop to (1) assess TER-S management needs among the Pacific Islands Region; (2) examine the current state of practice within DoD for TER-S management; (3) identify gaps in knowledge, technology, and management; and (4) prioritize investment opportunities to address these gaps. Discussions resulted in the prioritization of investment opportunities to address such gaps and management challenges. These opportunities are described in the Workshop Proceedings.


Threatened, Endangered, and At-Risk Species on DoD and Adjacent Lands Symposium and Workshop
June 7-9, 2005, Baltimore, Maryland

This Symposium held in Baltimore, Maryland, brought together the nation's top researchers for endangered species. The event was sponsored by SERDP and the Army's Environmental Research and Development Center, as well as the DoD Legacy Program, the U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Geological Survey. In addition to members from these organizations, participants included researchers and managers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and various non-profit organizations, state agencies, universities, and private consulting firms.

Developing effective methods for sustaining the DoD training and testing missions, while simultaneously protecting threatened and endangered species (TES), is a challenge requiring strong partnerships that support ongoing cutting-edge scientific research. The focus of the workshop was to help in establishing and fostering such partnerships. The workshop brought together nearly 200 stakeholders to discuss TES conservation and research needs on DoD and adjacent lands. For more information, please visit ters.serdp-estcp.org.