Desert Evening at Big Bend, by Louis Vest
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U.S. Department of Defense, Fort Hood

Fort Hood, one of the U.S. Army's premier training installations, extends over 300 square miles deep in the heart of Texas, about 60 miles north of Austin. Fort Hood is home to many rare species, including the largest known population of the federally endangered golden-cheeked warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia).

Fort Hood is a top example of a military installation that has learned how to conduct mission critical training missions on the installation while still maintaining and protecting critical habitat for endangered species such as the golden-cheeked warbler.  Fort Hood is a leader on research for certain endangered species and they coordinate with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other partners to develop endangered species management plans based on the principle of adaptive management.

For more information about conservation efforts on Fort Hood, see:

Case study of multiple land uses on Fort Hood

Fort Hood’s Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan (INRMP)

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