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 Principal Investigator, Chris Herron, talks about how his passion for the outdoors at an early age inspired him to pursue degrees related to rangeland ecology and forest management from CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources. He now leads large-scale environmental management projects for the Department of Defense.
CEMML Biologists at Fort Polk, Louisiana, are using banding efforts and the installation of artificial nesting cavities to help ensure the survival of the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker, an endangered species under the U.S. Federal Government’s Endangered Species Act.
In early December, CEMML staff based at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, provided support to the installation’s wildlife program by helping to organize and facilitate the gun-deer season harvest. The hunt took in 464 deer, exceeding their minimum goal by over 100.