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Arlington Field Office completes Biological Opinion on Fort Hood Activities
Southwest Region, March 16, 2005
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The Arlington Field Office completed formal consultation with the Army regarding Fort Hood Military Reservation, resulting in the issuance of a non-jeopardy biological opinion. Fort Hood is one of the largest military facilities in the United States, and currently the only Army installation assigned two divisions. The reservation encompasses approximately 217,180 acres of land dedicated to military training, and contains the largest known populations of the endangered black-capped vireo and endangered golden-cheeked warbler under a single management authority. A biological opinion authorizing take of the warbler and vireo resulting from Fort Hood activities was initially issued in 1993, and subsequently amended several times. Since then, Fort Hood has conducted extensive research and monitored the birds, which has substantially contributed to current knowledge of these species. Fort Hood reinitiated consultation in order to increase flexibility for training activities in support of the Army's mission. The consultation involved the on going activities at Fort Hood, which include recreation and cattle grazing in addition to military training, and the revision of the Endangered Species Management Plan. As part of the Plan, Fort Hood will maintain suitable habitat areas to support viable populations of both species.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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