CEMML teams work closely with installation Range Management offices to ensure that land management projects meet the requirements of training missions. CEMML’s Integrated Training Area Management (ITAM) expertise includes: Training Requirements Integration (TRI), Land Rehabilitation and Maintenance (LRAM), Range and Training Land Assessments (RTLA), Sustainable Range Awareness (SRA), and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) support.
Training Requirements Integration (TRI)
- Integration of land management objectives that support training missions with strategies to conserve natural and cultural resources.
- Compliance with National Environmental Policy Act and other environmental laws to avoid restrictions on training.
Land Rehabilitation and Maintenance (LRAM)
- Identification of LRAM projects needs and sustainable land management strategies and recommendations based on environmental conditions.
- Soil stabilization and vegetation management to maintain, repair, and reconfigure areas that support military training and testing missions.
- LRAM mitigation and compliance practices such as designing and installing approved projects in support of the Clean Water Act, buffer zones for wetlands, and protective caps for archaeological sites.
Range and Training Land Assessments (RTLA)
- Range and Training Land Assessments, including identification of landscape, vegetation, and soil conditions that meet the training requirements of Mission Essential Task Lists, Programs of Instruction, and mission commanders.
Sustainable Range Awareness (SRA)
- Production of natural and cultural resources awareness and outreach materials for military installations, such as customized graphics, brochures, wall calendars, and field cards.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Support
- Expertise in spatial database management, analysis, cartography, custom programming, and remote sensing.
- Development of military installation maps; mapping of LRAM projects; and GIS support for range operations, range modernization, and training missions.
CEMML biologists at Fort Johnson, located in west-central Louisiana, are working to change the negative perception that people have about snakes. Education and outreach to both soldiers and the broader community is a key effort in helping to ensure the survival of one of North America’s rarest snake species, the Louisiana pinesnake.
In June, CEMML biologist Chris Melder was featured in Thrive Magazine. The “cool jobs” article highlighted Melder’s work involving the conservation of endangered species including the Red-cockaded Woodpecker and the Louisiana Pine Snake. Based at Fort Johnson (formerly Fort Polk) in west-central Louisiana, part of Melder’s role entails education and outreach in the community, including local schools.
Teaching local residents and children how to take care of their Oʻahu home is the specialty of CEMML’s Angie Arroyo and Kristy Morris. As water programs support staff, they help Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, an Air Force and Navy base, implement its stormwater program. As part of their role, they provide educational programs at local libraries and schools and work with adult volunteer groups.