Conservation Matters July 2014

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

New IRNR and TWRI projects

Support of REPI Program (FY2015) in Sustaining Military Readiness

Military readiness – the preparedness of the U.S. Armed Forces – depends on the quality and frequency of testing and training. Incompatible land uses such as urban development, loss of habitat and competition for frequency spectrum resources, if left unchecked, can further limit already constrained training and testing activities ultimately inhibiting military readiness. The military services have generally tried to manage these threats through programs implemented at an installation-by-installation approach. Solving many of these issues, however, requires a collaborative, regional approach that fully engages local, state and federal interests. These same incompatible land uses and increasing competition for scarce resources, threaten the ability of a region to sustain an economically competitive and healthy environment. Thus, our nation’s military readiness, economic competitiveness and environmental quality are all linked to natural resource sustainability at regional scales and across state boundaries. The challenge of sustainability requires the engagement of both science and policy across political boundaries to maintain these critical linkages. Integrated and coordinated planning and action for regional sustainability are essential to achieving mutual and multiple benefits over the long-term. Universities are well-positioned to provide support related to regional planning and sustainability practices by integrating policy and applied science with current and future regional partnering initiatives.   

Funded by: DOD - Corps of Engineers through the Gulf Coast CESU

Partners: Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

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