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Title: Return-on-investment study for rehabilitation of military training areas damaged by tracked vehicles
Authors: Johnson, Donald O.
Zimmerman, Robert Eric, 1944-
Severinghaus, W. D. (William D.)
Lacey, R. M. (Robert M.)
Hinchman, Raymond R.
Carter, Ralph P.
Keywords: Military training camps--Maintenance and repair
Reclamation of land
Rate of return
Publisher: Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)
Abstract: Abstract: At Fort Carson, CO, the impact of long-term, intense military training on vegetation and topography is becoming increasingly evident. After more than 20 years of intensive training, vegetation is so reduced that it adversely impacts the quality of military training, In addition, large gullies have developed in some locations, making navigation by tracked vehicles difficult, if not impossible. Unless training use and proper land management are brought into balance, similar results can be expected to develop at the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS) as training expands in that area. This report presents a return-on-investment (ROI) study of the benefits that should result trom implementing a long-term vegetation management program at Fort Carson and PCMS. Results of this study show that rehabilitation and maintenance are cost-effective for the Army. Estimates of the Government's savings at Fort Carson and PCMS vary from over $299 million to more than $1.65 billion. Depending on assumptions about the replacement value of site facilities used, the ROI (ratio of cost savings to expenses) for implementing a rehabilitation program varies from a low of 5, if original facility and land costs are held constant, to a high of more than 27, if current replacement costs are considered.
Description: Technical report
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