Leveraging Land Condition Trend Analysis (LCTA) data to understand vegetation change on military installations

Research Sponsored By: US Department of Defense
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Bakker
Project Description
DoD training activities are threatened by habitat degradation, the risk of listing at-risk species, climate change, and other factors. The objective of this project is to leverage historical data by applying new analytical techniques to them to better understand how military activities have affected plant communities. This project will have nationwide implications as over 50 installations, spanning multiple Army divisions, have collected data from Land Condition Trend Analysis (LCTA) plots. The Yakima Training Center (YTC) will serve as a pilot installation, having collected LCTA data multiple times from 1989-2002 on 261 permanent plots. The primary products will be a refined model of vegetation change, maps highlighting areas of recovery or degradation, maps prioritizing areas at risk for future degradation or suitable for habitat restoration and enhancement, and identification of opportunities to further leverage historical data by integrating it with other data.