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1 L. Peter Boice Deputy Director, Natural Resources

2 1. Hot Issue: Candidate Species 2. Policy and Guidance 3. Evaluating DoD’s Natural Resource Programs 4. Tools and Training 5. Partnerships 6. Looking Ahead

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4  Center for Biological Diversity and Wild Earth Guardians filed suit with USFWS on 757 species  Judge approved settlement September 10, 2011  USFWS agreed to:  A 6-year schedule for final listing decisions on 251 species on the candidate list  Developing initial findings on 506 other species  Formal data call to DoD Components  Key species  Level of concern (Red, Yellow, Green, White)  Information available

5 LEVEL OF CONCERN ARMYNAVY MARINE CORPS AIR FORCE TOTAL RED ORANGE YELLOW TOTALS Level of Concern SUMMARY RESULTS

6  Red knot (3 Military Services; 31 installations)  Greater sage grouse  Washington ground squirrel  Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly  Streaked horned lark  Roy prairie pocket gopher  Louisiana pine snake  Lesser prairie chicken

7  Collect updates through FY 2013 EMR  Implement processes that ensure INRMPs adequately address candidate species on an ongoing basis  Ensure INRMPs are up-to-date

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9  DoDI  INRMP Implementation Manual  Tripartite MOU  Migratory Bird MOU  DoD Partners in Flight Plan  DoD Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Plan

10  Purposes  Improve the integration of mission and stewardship  Integrate a conservation ethic throughout DoD  Facilitate military readiness and cost-effective policies through sustained use of natural resources  Identify opportunities for improved cooperation, information sharing, technology demonstration and transfer, and public communications 

11  General INRMP provisions  Coordination, review and public comment  Implementation and special management  Ecosystem-based management  INRMP contents  In Formal Coordination

12  Clarifies definitions for:  Compliant INRMP  INRMP Review  INRMP Update  INRMP Revision  Streamlined review process  Anticipate by end of June  Companion USFWS Sikes Act Guidance Update  To be published NLT September 2013  Definitions consistent w/ MOU  Help ensure USFWS input to annual Focus Area metrics

13  Adds responsibilities for implementing Executive Order  Clarifies information sharing among Migratory Bird Council members  Provides guidance for implementing changes in cantonment areas and best practices for non-readiness activities (e.g., reducing amount of reflective glass, using native plants for landscaping)  Anticipate update before end of fiscal year

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15  Goals:  Evaluate effectiveness of natural resources support to the military mission  Assess overall health and trends of each installation's natural resources program  Identify and correct potential funding and other resource shortfalls

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17 INRMPs and Critical Habitat Exclusions 51 installations and satellites have used INRMP exclusion: 4(a)(3)(B); 22 more than once Majority of recent occurrences – Hawaii plants 99 total difference species 34 bases used readiness exclusion: 4(b)(2) 1 since 2006 (two coral species)

18 Front office query – what do we get for this level of investment? FY 2011 FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 REQUEST$320M$380M$379M$363M ESTIMATE$325M$408M$380M ACTUAL$394M$388M

19  Manpower  Education and Training (Natural)  Listed and At-Risk Species  Endangered Species Act  Wetlands  Clean Water Act  Natural Resources Conservation & Rehabilitation  Sikes Act  Marine Mammal Protection Act  Other Natural Resources  Migratory Bird Treaty Act  Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act

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21  Define Needs and Address Gaps  Information Exchange  Strategic Planning

22  Sikes and ESA courses developed and implemented. Now online only:   No additional Legacy-sponsored course offerings projected  Evaluating alternative training methods  e.g., webinars, distant learning

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24  Biodiversity  www. Dodbiodiversity.org  Invasive Species Outreach 

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26  Improve understanding of DoD mission and stewardship needs  Place DoD lands into larger regional context, and leverage resources across geopolitical boundaries  Enhance resource sharing and cost efficiencies  Ease INRMP approval and implementation  Increase management flexibility  Demonstrate DoD’s community engagement

27  Economy Act (31 USC 1535 and 1536)  Sikes Act (16 USC 670c-1)  Legacy Program (10 USC 2694)  REPI (10 USC 2684a)

28  Internal DoD  External – Federal  US Fish and Wildlife Service  USDA Forest Service  Bureau of Land Management  External - NGO  National Military Fish and Wildlife Association  Cooperative Ecosystem Study Units  Cooperative Conservation  Non-Profit Organizations

29  DoD Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative (REPI):  DoD Partners in Flight:  DoD Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation:

30  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  Key partner – regulator  Regular meetings between DoD NR Program and Ecological Services, Migratory Bird, and Endangered Species offices  Award-winning outcomes 2012 Presidential Migratory Bird Stewardship Award (Burrowing Owls) 2013 Military Conservation Partner Award (Naval Base Coronado)

31  Coalition of military installation natural resource managers and contractors  Future: more webinars and other online resources

32  Currently a member of 15 CESU units  CESU – New Regions for 2013  Pacific Northwest, Great Basin  Ft. Worth District  FY12: 62 new and 65 continuing projects  $34.0M  Sliding scale fee

33  Regional Partnerships  Ecosystem Management Initiatives  SE Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPPAS) and Western Regional partnership (WRP)  Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas  Locally Implemented Partnerships  National Public Lands Day  Bat Conservation International  National Wild Turkey Federation  Ducks Unlimited

34  Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)  Caught in the Crosshairs: Combating the Illegal Wildlife Trade in Iraq & Afghanistan   Pollinator Partnership  Variety of project funded, primarily through National Public Lands Day   National Wildlife Federation  Scanning the Conservation Horizon: A Guide to Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment   The Wildlife Society  New Military Working Group 

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36  Limited travel – mission essential  Alternative means of communications  Compliance-driven requirements will dominate budget decisions (e.g., Listed and at-risk species)  FWS expected to propose additional changes to ESA rules and policies  Continued off-base partnership opportunities  Climate change focus → missions and facilities  Sustainability (e.g., water)

37  Websites  DoDNaturalResources.net  DENIX.osd.mil/NaturalResources  DoDLegacy.org  Natural Selections Newsletters  Publications/Brochures  YouTube Animations    Social Media  DoD Facebook and Blog 

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