Skip to comments.Military becomes wildlife defender
Posted on 04/27/2013 6:54:33 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
The Defense Department is working with environmental groups and local governments to create buffers around bases where development threatened to encroach on combat training.
Many of the nation's 440 military bases were established in what were once sparsely populated hinterlands where soldiers trained without complaints from neighbors about the roar of warplanes and the sound of gunfire and explosions.
Now, with urban sprawl pushing up against perimeter fences, the U.S. Department of Defense has quietly become a major protector of wilderness and ranch lands. Working with conservation organizations and local governments, its Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative has helped buy nearly $1 billion worth of land to create buffer zones around 64 military bases where development threatened to encroach on combat training.
The program has been a boon for conservation, creating more than 260,000 acres of new sanctuaries off limits to development in perpetuity for some of the rarest plants and animals on earth: the California red-legged frog, the Pacific pocket mouse, the Chorro creek bog thistle and, in North Carolina, rare longleaf pine habitat for the red-cockaded woodpecker.
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This will work out well.....
The US military is now working with environMENTAL groups. So in 5 years, is the military bombing business’s so they don’t destroy the environment. In today’s world with the current administration, who knows?
You got extra points if you actually caught one ...
This a reason why we must end the sequester NOW by passing new tax increases. If we dont stop this madness of cutting the military then innocent wildlife will die,
This is an emergency situation,. RAISE TAXES NOW BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!
Obama says its ‘fair’.
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Metrosexual America. We do hugging, crying and apologies good.
It’s a good thing they din’t use gnomes or potheads on that thar training range..
Chipping away at private property rights one "buffer zone," one wildlife refuge, one endangered stink bug at a time.
Nah, I have it on good authority that gnomes wouldn't have been good training material at all; their little legs just wouldn't carry them fast enough on the straightaways, and they don't corner very well, either.
And the potheads ... well, at least as far as those that were in my unit back in the day, they were barely able to get out of their own way, much less a 45- to 50-mph APC.
lol .. ya got to jab ‘em in the rear with a bayonet
I went to the NTC 20 years ago. I remember being briefed about some rare flavor of desert turtle. We were supposed to go to heroic measures to avoid them.
In Germany we avoided the boars, but for our safety not theirs.
Wow.. we had a US army plot of land closeby, Camp Riley, lots of good deer and such hunting not sure how long it will take to lose that to the public but it will happen,, unless cooler heads prevail.
“a force for good”
“will obey the orders of those above me”
gay is cool and other assorted wierdnesses
In other words, they are trying to take other peoples private property rights. These buffers are nothing but takings. If they want a buffer, they need to put said buffer on their own designated property.
Your eye’s are open. Prepare for utter stupidity and gov manipulation’s
This is not new. Military preserves have been recognized for many years as having an abundance of land unused and untouched, and providing safe harbor for rare and endangered species. Not sure why LAT is making a big deal about it now—maybe because the military is buying additional real estate as buffers. If so, good for them.
In 1993 during training in the woods at Ft Bragg, we had to avoid marked areas designated for the protection of the Red Cockaded Woodpecker.
Lots of marked areas.
If you were following a compass heading, and it would take you near one of their trees, you had to go around the area.
They were, even back then, going to extraordinary lengths for that bird. Today, the effort is crazy.
That's a fairly amazing "color-coded" map...and I knew there were "takings" out west-ish, but this is a bit astonishing?!
I mean, how much land needs to be "protected", "preserved", "reclaimed" by the government?!