Biological Assessment of the Effects of Military Associated Activities on Endangered Species at Fort Hood, Texas
CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL
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Fort Hood, TX contributes importantly to the Armys mission by providing resources and training facilities for the Active and Reserve Component units that train on the installation each year. Current military activities at Fort Hood include maneuver, live fire, aviation training, and operational testing. Other land uses include controlled burning, juniper cutting, cattle grazing, recreation, and scientific studies. These activities may affect five federally endangered species known to occur on Fort Hood. Of these, the black- capped vireo and the golden-cheeked warbler reside on the installation during the summer breeding season and are of primary concern in this biological assessment. Specific mitigation actions that will minimize or offset incidental wildlife losses include changes in existing cattle grazing regime, active cowbird control, regulation of troop activities and recreational vehicle use near endangered species areas, habitat development-outside of heavily used training areas, and continuing research. Annual inventory and monitoring of Fort Hood endangered species populations will be needed to document status and trends in population size, habitat, area occupied, and demographic parameters. Although some incidental loss may occur, a balance can be found that provides for protection and recovery of endangered species with minimum impact on the training mission.... Fort Hood, TX, Endangered species, Black-capped vireo, Golden-cheeked warbler, Cowbird parasitism.
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