The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) manages millions of acres of land. The land is used for testing and training the force. Access to these lands and long-term use for maintaining United States defense capabilities requires land managers and leaders to balance cost and capabilities. Moreover, these lands protect natural resources, are home to >300 federally-listed threatened or endangered plant and animal species and are increasingly stressed by changes in climate. This session examines research efforts currently underway to better understand and value the benefits the nation and the DoD accrue from the natural infrastructure.

Session Chair: Dr. Matthew Hopton, U.S. EPA

Introduction by Session Chair

Dr. Matthew Hopton, U.S. EPA

Seed Dispersal Networks and Novel Ecosystem Functioning in Hawaii

Dr. Jinelle Sperry, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Assessing Risks from Climate Change to Federally-Listed Plant Species

Dr. Dov Sax, Brown University

Valuing Ecosystem Services

Dr. Rajiv Prasad, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Natural Capital Valuation and Decision Support for DoD Land Stewardship

Dr. Stephen Petron, CH2M Hill, Inc.,Mr. Jonathon Weier, CH2M Hill, Inc.

Assessing Ecosystem Service Benefits from DoD Installations

Dr. Mark Borsuk, Duke University,Dr. Ryan Calder, Duke University

Ecosystem Model Comparisons

Dr. Robert Scheller, North Carolina State University