The Department of the Army and the Department of Defense are keenly interested in integrating sound stewardship practices with the requirements of their training missions. The Texas Water Resources Institute and the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, working through the Rangeland Revegetation Pilot Project and in close collaboration with Fort Hood civilian and military personnel, and the US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, seek to meet these needs by developing and implementing best management practices and guides for restoration of rangeland ecosystems.
The Western Range on Fort Hood, composed of roughly 67,000 acres within the military base, has been used as a training and maneuvering area for two armored divisions. Restoration of these lands serves to provide a two-fold benefit: 1) maintenance of quality training lands for military personnel, and 2) maintenance and improvement of the natural resource base.
In addition to the restoration of rangeland within the Fort Hood Western Training Area, the project removes dairy manure byproducts from the Bosque River Watershed—reducing water quality concerns there and also providing enhanced forage resources for livestock.