9/9 FRI 4:15 | Avon Park AFR: Joint Land Use Study 3


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Tricia Martin

Incompatible growth near military facilities can threaten our national defense. Learn what types of development can conflict with military training. Explore the challenges of conducting multi-jurisdictional studies to promote appropriate land uses, around military facilities. Panelists will discuss lessons learned during the course of a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) of four counties
and three cities for the Avon Park Air Force Range, and close coordination with conservation groups. Strategies to develop support from the community and public officials for measures such as transfer of development rights to buffer the public from
the impacts of necessary military activities will be discussed.

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9/9 FRI 4:15 | Avon Park AFR: Joint Land Use Study 3

  1. 1. Conservation and Base Buffering in the Northern Everglades Tricia Martin - September 2011 Insert Your Image Here © Insert Image Credit
  2. 2. DOD and Threatened and Endangered Species <ul><li>A 2008 analysis* revealed that the Department of Defense and the US Forest Service share the distinction of all the federal agencies of having the greatest number of federally listed species. </li></ul><ul><li>Although conflicts sometimes exist between the military’s use of these lands and protection of endangered species, the two have found a balanced coexistence at a number of installations. </li></ul><ul><li>(*Stein et al 2008) </li></ul>
  3. 4. Birds, Bombs, Bears and Biodiversity <ul><li>If habitat and wildlife corridors are degraded, destroyed or fragmented, the military risks the possibility of their lands becoming islands of biodiversity within a region. </li></ul><ul><li>Department of Defense needs space to maintain a high level of military capability and readiness. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Birds, Bombs, Bears and Biodivesity <ul><li>achieving conservation outcomes through cooperative work are in our mutual interests. </li></ul><ul><li>striving for landscape-scale protection of ecosystems with a focus on sustainable uses. </li></ul>
  5. 7. Thinking at the scale of a bear
  6. 9. <ul><li>Ranchlands and forests around Avon Park AFR been focus of conservation interest by the state for many years. </li></ul><ul><li>Mosaic of habitats: sandhill, scrub, flatwoods, prairies, wetlands that support a suite of wildlife species including Fl Black Bear, Fl Panther, Fl grasshopper sparrow, and Fl scrub-jay. </li></ul>
  7. 10. Identified and ranked Conservation Priorities numbered in this case from 1 - 10
  8. 11. <ul><li>As Florida continues to grow these resources and rural way of life are under pressure. The threats include water pollution, fire suppression and habitat fragmentation. </li></ul>
  9. 14. Goals for the Northern Everglades: <ul><li>1.) protect water quality and quantity; and provide for dispersed water storage </li></ul><ul><li>2.) support ranching and look for incentives for landowners to continue to provide ecosystem services </li></ul><ul><li>3.) enhance military readiness through base buffering at Avon Park AFR </li></ul><ul><li>4.) provide for increased access for recreation and enhance jobs in ecotourism and outdoor recreation industry </li></ul><ul><li>5,) protect fish and wildlife </li></ul>
  10. 15. Opportunities <ul><ul><li>Acquisition with willing landowners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Florida Forever </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>statute amended in 2006 to evaluate projects that would achieve conservation and military readiness </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Florida Rural and Family Lands Protection Act </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>DOD programs (Readiness Environmental Protection Initiative) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Florida Defence Alliance grant program </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>USFWS Everglades Headwaters </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conservation Easements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Farm bill programs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>USFWS Everglades Headwaters </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mitigation </li></ul></ul>
  11. 16. DOD - Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative <ul><li>Slide text to go here. </li></ul>
  12. 17. USDA – Wetland Reserve Program
  13. 18. <ul><li>AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS: Salazar Unveils Proposed Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area </li></ul>
  14. 19. Mitigation <ul><li>The Disney Wilderness Preserve </li></ul><ul><li>Mitigation Banks </li></ul>
  15. 20. <ul><li>We have the opportunity to: </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance military readiness </li></ul><ul><li>Support agriculture and food production </li></ul><ul><li>Protect water resources </li></ul><ul><li>Provide more opportunities for outdoor recreation </li></ul><ul><li>And protect an amazing array of wildlife species. </li></ul>