Military Readiness and Environmental Protection Through Cost.effective Land Conservation
Keisner, Deborah Kerley
Messer, Kent D.
Schulze, William D.
Harboring a high density of threatened and endangered species on its bases leaves the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) with a critical responsibility establishing sound environmental policies while also continuing training and ensuring military readiness. This dual objective is the goal of the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration program, a large conservation fund for military installations that is mandated to be cost-effective. Analyzing a unique DoD data set, we show that use of optimization models generate a 21% increase in military readiness and environmental protection or achieve the same benefits as benefit targeting at a cost saving of 37%.
Cost-effective , Conservation