The Effects of Tactical Vehicle Training on the Lands of Fort Carson, Colorado. An Ecological Assessment.
CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL
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Extensive field studies were conducted at Fort Carson, CO, to quantify the effects of Army tracked vehicle on mammals, birds, vegetation, and soils. Ecological variation between two major habitats--pinyon-juniper woodland and shortgrass prairie--was quantified. Soil disaggregation and increased bulk density resulting from training activities were observed on both habitats. On the pinyon-juniper site, tree and shrub cover decreased, herbaceous cover increased, open-field and edge bird guilds increased, and the woodland bird guilds decreased. On the short-grass prairie site, perennial grass cover decreased, woody forb production increased, and open-field bird guilds decreased. On both sites, mammals favoring woody habitats increased. Originator supplied keywords include Fort Carson, CO tracked vehicles ecology training.
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