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Bunkers, Bats, and Base Closures

Bunkers, Bats, and Base Closures

(p.13) Two Bunkers, Bats, and Base Closures
Bombs Away
David G. Havlick
University of Chicago Press

Since the 1980s, a series of military base closures in the United States has generated opportunities for new kinds of land use across vast areas of land. Many of these sites are now managed as national wildlife refuges, dedicated to new purposes of habitat and wildlife conservation. These changes create opportunities for land managers and environmental protection, but can also obscure damage created by military uses and erase meaningful histories from some of these lands. The chapter evaluates the tensions, challenges, and opportunities that come with military-to-wildlife transitions, and highlights examples at sites in Colorado, Indiana, Massachusetts, and other locations where these changes are occurring.

Keywords:   opportunistic conservation, military base closure, national wildlife refuge, ecological restoration, Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Assabet River, Big Oaks, Vieques

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