Fort Lewis ITAM Management from Ecology and Conservation of the South Puget Sound Prairie Landscape

The ITAM program is an Army initiative developed to address training land management and natural resource issues. It is an unique program that integrates the training mission and land management in a systematic manner. The ITAM program is accomplished with four components: 1) Land Condition Trend Analysis (LCTA) evaluates the capability of land to meet multiple use demands on a sustained basis, monitors changes over time, evaluates changes in terms of current land uses, and recommends changes to insure longterm resource availability; 2) Land Rehabilitation and Maintenance (LRAM) is designed to enhance, improve, maintain, and repair training lands. The LRAM component improves training lands in prairie (grassland) ecosystems by slashing Douglas fir and Scotch broom. The broom is mowed and cut by hand-held motorized brushcutters and tractors with attached bush-hogs. Additionally, the component repairs training land damage by completing site prep and planting plugs of Idaho fescue and forb species; 3) Environmental Awareness (EA) is an educational program for leaders, soldiers, and civilians to inform and convince all personnel that unnecessary damage to the environment is counterproductive to the training mission; and 4) Training Requirements Integration (TRI) incorporates a connection between training and land management that places consideration of land condition in the training planning process.

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