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FORT CARSON RECEIVES U.S. FISH AND WILDIFE SERVICE
MILITARY INSTALLATION CONSERVATION
PARTNERSHIP AWARD

                                                                                                              March 17, 2005

Kim Tisor (Fort. Carson) 719-526-1264
 Bruce Rosenlund (FWS)  303-275-2393
Sharon Rose (FWS) 303-236-4580

 On March 17, 2005, in Arlington, Virginia, Fort Carson, a U.S. Army training installation near Colorado Springs, Colo., receives the first U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Military Installation Conservation Partnership Award.  It recognizes Fort Carson’s outstanding environmental resource conservation and management leadership achievements.  To achieve established conservation objectives, Fort Carson partners with agencies, universities, NGOs and the public to provide solid on-the-ground management of many declining native species, including the Mexican spotted owl, mountain plover, swift fox, peregrine falcon, greenback cutthroat trout and the Arkansas darter.  In dealing with complex environmental issues on military lands in the Colorado Springs area, Fort Carson is working cooperatively with The Nature Conservancy, state and federal agencies, private landowners and others in developing a comprehensive conservation plan to address land use and declining native species.  In addition, Fort Carson supports a diverse outdoor recreation program, including hunting, fishing and watchable wildlife opportunities.  As part of this effort to promote natural resources on military land and to shift toward more environmentally sustainable and socially responsible practices, Fort Carson is also working in partnership with the Colorado Front Range community on increased use of renewable energy, reduction in water use, increased use of public transportation, reductions in air pollution, and reducing waste disposal to zero.  

The Directorate of Environmental Compliance and Management at Fort Carson is responsible for more than 340,000 acres within the central shortgrass prairie ecosystem and is a leader in the military arena in conservation of native species, outdoor recreation, law enforcement, cultural resource management and recycling/resource recovery.  

The award officially commends the military for contributions it has voluntarily made to the public and whose contributions have benefited Service programs, services or operations.  The Service recognizes that the military has made significant contributions to natural resource conservation and believes these contributions are deserving of recognition.  The award will be presented by the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the National Military Fish and Wildlife Association workshop, held in conjunction with the 70th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Arlington, Virginia. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 545 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign and Native American tribal governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

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