ABOUT CANDIDATE SPECIES INITIATIVES 
WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The Department of Defense's (DoD) Natural Resources Program (NR Program) supports the conservation of candidate species found on military installations. This site will provide you with numerous resources about these species and ways to promote their status.

DoD has authority to engage in off-installation mitigation projects to alleviate current or anticipated restrictions on military activities; some of these mitigation projects may also help to preclude the need to list candidate and at-risk species. For budget-constrained commanders to include pre-listing mitigation measures in designing such projects, however, there needs to be some guarantee that this investment will be rewarded even if the species is subsequently listed. This does not mean that DoD must be given the identical assurances that may be given to private landowners. It does mean, however, that to be incentivized to make an investment in pre-listing mitigation not absolutely needed to address a current threat to military activities, DoD must know in advance that it will realize some tangible benefit proportionate to that investment even if—despite these mitigation efforts—the species may ultimately need to be listed.

Key species identfied on military lands include:
  • Red Knot
  • Greater Sage Grouse
  • Washington Ground Squirrel
  • Taylor's Checkerspot Butterfly (listed November, 2013)
  • Streaked Horned Lark (listed October, 2013) 
  • Roy Prairie Pocket Gopher
  • Louisiana Pine Snake
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