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Klosterforst Local Training Area (KLTA)

The Klosterforst Local Training Area (KLTA) supports Harvey Barracks in Kitzingen, Germany. The Klosterforst Local Training Area contains about 4,000 acres (1,600 hectares) of mostly mature hardwood, pine, and pine-hardwood habitats. The KLTA is used today for light maneuver and ground troop training exercises. A Bradley Crew Proficiency Course is also located on the KLTA. About 35,000 soldiers utilize the KLTA annually, while conducting a wide variety of training activities. Training evaluations are patterned after training at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA.

The area has been used for military training since before World War I; consequently, it remains one of the last strongholds for many threatened and endangered (T&E) plant and animal species in Germany. The utilization of past and on-going training activities to improve habitats for these T&E species without disrupting soldier training is a major mission goal for both the natural resource and KLTA managers. For example, this paper will discuss the improvement of abandoned tank maneuver holes as breeding and nursery grounds for aquatic species, the importance of vehicle ground disturbance in the maintenance of sand dune species, and the planned conversion of an old concrete bullet catchment into wintering habitat for bats. By bridging the gap between missions that were once considered by many to be non-compatible, the continued use of the KLTA to meet the training needs of the U.S. Army well into the 21st Century has been assured.

 



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