Ecosystem management is an integrated, science-based approach to the management of natural resources which attempts to create and maintain the health and diversity of ecosystems while allowing for sustainable use by humans of the goods and services they provide. For the Army, the maintenance of quality training areas depends on the maintenance of natural landscapes through conservation of the installation’s natural resources.
Ecosystem Management on Fort Bragg and Camp Mackall
Ecosystem management and biodiversity conservation on Fort Bragg and Camp Mackall are implemented at the natural community scale, with the identification of target communities based primarily on an analysis of pre-settlement vegetation and fire regimes on Fort Bragg. There are 23 distinct vegetative communities on this installation. Many techniques are employed to manage these natural communities, the most important of which are prescribed fire and forest thinning.
The uplands are dominated by an OLD GROWTH Pine Scrub Oak Sandhill community which is a fire-maintained system with a wiregrass understory. →
The federally listed and rare species that occur
on Fort Bragg are dependent on the restoration and maintenance of natural
communities associated with the longleaf pine-wiregrass ecosystem; and
therefore, habitat management actions that target these species are consistent
with Fort Bragg’s ecosystem management strategy. Endangered and rare species serve as
important indicators of overall ecosystem health.