Natural Resources Information


General Information

At Fort Rucker, the DPW-ENRD Natural Resources Branch manages our land, forests, and wildlife using an Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan (INRMP) as required by law (Sikes Act as amended in 1989) as well as AR 200-1.   The INRMP is one of the operational controls used to help minimize impacts to the environment as a result of our actions.  The INRMP is installation specific, and is the road map for performing the necessary actions associated with:
There are a number of federally listed mussel species for which streams on Fort Rucker provide suitable habitat.  The southern sandshell, southern kidneyshell, Choctaw bean, tapered pigtoe, and fuzzy pigtoe occur in the Choctawhatchee watershed, of which Claybank Creek and Steephead Creek on the Installation are part.  The Choctaw bean and fuzzy pigtoe have been recorded on Fort Rucker in recent invertebrate surveys. However, the other species have not been found in any recent surveys.  Also, the Gopher tortoise is a Species of Concern and is located on the installation.
 
The DPW-ENRD Natural Resources Branch partners with several other offices to successfully manage and sustain the natural resources on Fort Rucker. One of their partners is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who have agreed upon the management procedures in Fort Rucker's INRMP. The DPW-ENRD Natural Resources Office also works with personnel in another program called Integrated Training Area Management (ITAM). The ITAM program was designed as a comprehensive approach to land management, and includes four elements:

Hunting, Fishing and Trapping On Fort Rucker

Fort Rucker has many good hunting opportunities. For more details consult Fort Rucker Regulation 215-1 (above), DPW-ENRD Natural Resources Branch at 255-9368/2416, or Range Operations at 255-4837.