Pollinators are vital to installation landscapes and to carrying out the military mission. Many of the federally-listed and at-risk species located on military installations are pollinators, including species of bees, bats, butterflies, and flowering plants that require pollination.
Without pollinators, native landscapes might become barren, or be overrun by invasive species. Declines of at-risk species might translate into access restrictions, which in turn could reduce the military's capacity to test and train.
Diverse native plant communities are frequently more resilient to impacts from training activities than poorer quality habitats. Native plant communities (which may depend heavily on pollinators) resist erosion from tank maneuvers, are resilient to fire, and provide realistic and safe training environments for soldiers.
To meet both its readiness and stewardship obligations, DoD cares about pollinators and works to benefit their populations.