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Index of Available Research on Military Impacts: Optimal Allocation of Land for Training and Non-training Uses
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER CHAMPAIGN IL CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB
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The US Department of Defense DOD is the nations fifth-largest Federal land management agency. The DOD employs several pro-grams to assess the impacts of military training on Army installation lands. These programs must in turn meet the Armys environmen-tal technology requirements. One Army User Requirement for Land Characterization calls for the development of methods applicable for use at the installation level that characterize suitability of lands for mission use, the impact of vehicle activity on installation re-sources, and the spatial distribution of maneuver training impacts. To support this effort, this work collected, summarized, and ana-lyzed existing military training impact studies including the topical and geographic foci of each publication. To extrapolate the ap-plicability of conducted research to other, similar geographical areas, the publications were categorized by their relevance to five biomes, which are associated with military installations in specific US states. This way, the resulting research compilation offers a base to evaluate future impacts of military activities on installation lands, and to recommend the implementation of a more cost-effective, regional strategic approach for future land conservation research.
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