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U. S. military installations as bioreserves; a case study from Fort Hood, Texas

Timothy J. Hayden
U. S. military installations as bioreserves; a case study from Fort Hood, Texas (in Military geosciences in the twenty-first century, Russell S. Harmon (editor), Sophie E. Baker (editor) and Eric V. McDonald (editor))
Reviews in Engineering Geology (August 2014) 22: 101-108


U.S. military installations increasingly have become de facto bioreserves as the result of legacy and current land uses, urbanization, and historical siting of installations. The relative value of military lands as bioreserves compared to land holdings of other federal agencies is not proportional to total land area. Ironically, a significant reason that U.S. military installations have become important bioreserves is that they were not established with the purpose of conserving or extracting natural resources. This historical factor has resulted in a broad representation of U.S. ecoregions on military lands and largely has shielded those lands from the habitat loss and degradation that has occurred in surrounding regions due to urbanization, agricultural development, and other non-military land uses. Fort Hood, Texas, is used as a case study to illustrate the characteristics of military installations that fit the model for bioreserves as areas for conservation of biological resources and processes in the context of human use of the environment. A major current challenge for management of natural resources on military lands is that the value of U.S. military lands as bioreserves is increasing as surrounding habitats and natural communities continue to be degraded.

ISSN: 0080-2018
EISSN: 2169-799X
Coden: GAEGA4
Serial Title: Reviews in Engineering Geology
Serial Volume: 22
Title: U. S. military installations as bioreserves; a case study from Fort Hood, Texas
Title: Military geosciences in the twenty-first century
Author(s): Hayden, Timothy J.
Author(s): Harmon, Russell S.editor
Author(s): Baker, Sophie E.editor
Author(s): McDonald, Eric V.editor
Affiliation: U. S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Champaign, IL, United States
Affiliation: U. S. Army Corps of Engineers-Engineer Research and Development Center, Ruislip, United Kingdom
Pages: 101-108
Published: 201408
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
References: 49
Accession Number: 2014-085156
Categories: Environmental geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table
N30°46'60" - N31°16'60", W97°55'00" - W97°04'60"
Secondary Affiliation: Desert Research Institute, USA, United States
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 201444
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