(3) Rangelands. Keeping training areas healthy is a top priority. Over 100 major Army
installations have special management programs devoted to land-use conservation and maintenance.
The Army works closely with the Soil Conservation Service and the Forest Service to improve soil,
rangeland, and forest management. Farming and grazing are important parts of land revitalization.
Land revitalization projects benefit the Army and the local farming communities. Grazing helps
reduce hazards from fire, while agriculture restores and controls erosion.
(4) Threatened and endangered species. The Army plays an important role in protecting
and managing threatened and endangered plants and animals. Military leaders should take steps to
protect and manage the habitats that these plants and animals need to survive and flourish.
(5) Wildlife. The Army is working with other government agencies to provide a
foundation for wildlife and nature studies on Army lands. Through the Watchable Wildlife Program,
the Army is developing a national network of wildlife observation sites.
(6) Historical and archaeological sites and structures. The Army manages and protects
national cultural resources such as buildings, landmarks, and Native American archaeological sites.
b. These are just a few examples of how the Army affects the environment. It is difficult to
live or train in areas that have been destroyed, but it is equally difficult to prevent this destruction
from happening. Maintaining an environmental balance on a military installation is a difficult task.
The Army employs highly trained specialists to manage these areas, but they cannot do everything
required. A soldier's contribution can make a big difference in environmental matters.
c. If Army members are not good stewards of the environment and their training facilities, the
Army will face increased scrutiny by environmental groups, Congress, and local, state, and federal
regulatory agencies. Your compliance with regulations will enhance training areas and the Army's
readiness. It will also ensure that land is available for Army operations and training.
1-5. Summary. The Army is integrating environmental considerations into its approach to
warfighting. This ensures that as the Army fights and wins future conflicts, its approach will strive to
protect and preserve valuable resources (soldiers and materials) and the natural environment.