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Two Texas Songbird Populations Improving Thanks to Efforts by Largest U.S. Army Installation

June 7, 2017

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Dr. Benjamin Tuggle presented Colonel Todd Fox, U.S. Army Garrison Commander for Fort Hood, with the 2017 Military Conservation Partner Award on June 7, 2017. Photo credit: USFWS.

Dr. Benjamin Tuggle presented Colonel Todd Fox, U.S. Army Garrison Commander for Fort Hood, with the 2017 Military Conservation Partner Award on June 7, 2017. Credit: USFWS.

Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognized Fort Hood as this year’s recipient of the prestigious Military Conservation Partner Award. In presenting the award to Colonel Todd Fox U.S. Army Garrison Commander for Fort Hood, Dr. Benjamin Tuggle, the Service’s Southwest Regional Director said, “I am honored to present Fort Hood with the 2017 Military Conservation Partner Award. It serves as a symbol of our appreciation for our partnership with Fort Hood and recognizes their outstanding contributions to natural resource conservation.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More 75 people attended the Award Ceremony, held in the West Atrium of the III Corps Headquarters at Fort Hood including Copperas Cove Mayor Frank Seffrood, Killeen Mayor Jose Segarra, Harker Heights Mayor Spencer Smith, Texas State Representative Hugh Shine, and representatives from the offices of Senator John Cornyn, Congressman John Carter and Congressman Roger Williams.

Fort Hood is one of the Army’s premier installations and the largest installation in the continental U.S., encompassing 218,824 acres in Bell and Coryell counties, Texas. It provides 103 ranges and multiple training areas for military exercises, conducting the full range of mission-related training activities. The Fort also manages the largest known populations of the endangered golden-cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo. The Service has worked in cooperation with the military to conserve fish and wildlife resources found on the 30 million acres of land owned and managed by the Department of Defense since passage of the Sikes Act more than 46 years ago. Under the Sikes Act, many military installations have accomplished exceptional conservation work through partnerships with other agencies.?

 

 

 

 

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