Today’s number is 20,000.
That’s the number of acres on the installation currently being “reshaped” to prepare for the arrival of the Armor School next year.
Fort Benning covers 171,000 acres in Georgia and 12,000 acres in Alabama. About 14,000 acres are wetlands and not favorable for military training. Approximately 150,000 acres are woodlands being carefully managed to foster healthy ecosystems and prevent forest fires. Training schedules are choreographed to deconflict with sustainment practices.
Construction related to Base Realignment and Closure actions will impact 20,000 acres in Georgia, mostly in Harmony Church and in areas where new ranges will be located. Efforts are being directed to mitigate the impact on native habitats, particularly 96 species identified as “species of concern,” most notably the red-cockaded woodpecker, the gopher tortoise and relict trillium.
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The next BRAC Community Update meeting will be May 4.