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|Reptiles and amphibians of Fairchild Air Force Base, WA
|Fairchild Air Force Base (Wash.)
Sperry, Jinelle H.
Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington
Natural resources management
|Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Abstract: Many reptile and amphibian (collectively termed “herpetofauna”) populations are declining at a precipitous rate. Globally, nearly 30% of herpetofauna are considered endangered or at risk of extinction. Department of Defense (DoD) installations likely serve as refuges of intact critical habitat for herpetofaunal species, as they do for many other taxa. As more herpetofaunal species become a conservation concern, it becomes increasingly important for DoD land managers to document the species that currently exist on their lands and, through proactive management, avoid potential conflicts between conservation measures and military training. The onus for the protection and long-term population viability of threatened and endangered herpetofaunal species will likely fall in the hands of the installations themselves and will depend on installation management practices. The first step in developing a process to successfully manage herpetofaunal species is to survey their populations on DoD installations. This work surveyed herpetofaunal populations on Fairchild Air Force Base and extrapolated guidelines for species management from the survey results.
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