The following examples illustrate the range of our work.
Comprehensive Air Force GIS Data Standardization – This multiple-year program synchronizes disparate Air Force environmental data for improved analysis and response. We provide GIS support to all Air Force environmental program areas, including natural and cultural resources, restoration, and compliance, at the base level.
Environmental Impact Statement for Live-Fire Training – To accommodate mission standards, the US Army at Fort Richardson, Alaska must maximize live-fire weapons training opportunities year-round. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, CEMML is preparing an environmental impact statement that evaluates options, including increasing the use of an impact area adjacent to Cook Inlet and the potential development of new, permanent explosive munitions. The environmental impact statement has been complicated by joint-basing of Fort Richardson and Elmendorf Air Force Base, and by designation of the Cook Inlet beluga whale as an endangered species. CEMML is meeting these challenges by combining field studies and technology to evaluate potential training impacts, particularly to beluga whales, while remaining sensitive to native traditions related to beluga whales.
Beach Stabilization, Bellows Air Force Station, Hawaii – CEMML designed and planted native plants along the Bellows shoreline to stabilize and reduce beach erosion. We removed non-native invasive plants that were accelerating erosion and established mature plantings to prevent or slow erosion.
Cultural Resources – CEMML plays a key role in the Combatant Command Cultural Heritage Action Group (CCHAG), which provides US military personnel with technical support in the areas of in-theatre cultural heritage preservation and cultural property protection. This support includes development of diverse awareness-building products, such as informational, country-specific websites, interactive web-based training modules, cultural heritage playing cards, and soldier pocket cards.
Surveys of Flora and Fauna – The Wyoming Army National Guard recently acquired the 21,000-acre Gray Rocks Ranch as an addition to Camp Guernsey for advanced military training. CEMML biologists have conducted comprehensive surveys of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects to provide baseline data for resource monitoring and management.