Endangered Species Management Plan for Fort Hood, Texas: FY06-10
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER CHAMPAIGN IL CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB
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Fort Hood Military Reservation is an 87,890-ha U.S. Army installation located in central Texas. It is one of the Armys premier installations, providing training facilities for the full range of mission requirements, including maneuver exercises for units up to brigade level, firing of live weapons, and aviation training. The presence of Federally listed endangered species on Fort Hood is a significant natural resource management challenge for the Army and Fort Hood. In accordance with the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, the Army must assist recovery of all listed threatened and endangered TE species and their habitats under the installations management authority. Army Regulation AR 200-3 requires installations to prepare an Endangered Species Management Plan ESMP for all listed and proposed TE species. The installation ESMP should be used as a tool to achieve conservation objectives for populations of listed and proposed TE species and to minimize impacts on the training mission. AR 200-3 further encourages, but does not require, the development of ESMPs for all candidate species, and recommends that an integrated ESMP covering all TE species be prepared if more than one such species occurs on an installation. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biological Opinion for Fort Hood March 2005 provides requirements and guidance for endangered species management on Fort Hood. This ESMP is written specifically for use by natural resource managers and leaders of training operations on Fort Hood to accomplish military training objectives while meeting conservation objectives for TE species. The objective of this ESMP is to provide a comprehensive plan for maintaining and enhancing populations and habitats of Federally listed endangered species and species of concern on Fort Hood while maintaining mission readiness in a manner consistent with Army and Federal environmental regulations.
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