The Integrated Training Area Management program is a core element of the Army's Sustainable Range Program. The primary objective of ITAM is to ensure that all Army training lands are available for sustained perpetual use by providing a comprehensive approach to land management, and is based on the integration of military mission, natural resources stewardship, and environmental compliance. For information on ITAM programs call (334) 255-4811.
Land Rehabilitation and Maintenance
Land Rehabilitation and Maintenance provide the mechanism for Fort Rucker to maintain and repair impacts to the natural resources caused by training. It also allows for upgrades and improvements that benefit training. The objectives of LRAM is to implement improvements and repairs of disturbed land and water crossings, improve vegetation cover and concealment for training activities, and repair other landscape damage for safety and continued availability of lands for training.
Geographic Information Systems
The Sustainable Range Program Geographic Information System mission is to create, analyze, manage, and distribute authoritative standardized spatial information, products, and services for the execution of training strategies and missions on U.S. Army ranges and training lands.
Through information excellence, one of the three tenets upon which the SRP was founded, the SRP GIS program strives to provide trainers and Soldiers with the ability to leverage the most accurate and complete datasets through easily accessible and user-friendly products and applications.
ITAM GIS staff provides the latest GIS information and tools supporting Garrison management and military training activities.
Range and Training Land Assessment
The Range and Training Land Assessment component of ITAM was initiated to monitor the condition of natural resources associated with sustained use of training lands. Resulting data supports land management decisions that maintain the integrity of training areas for present and future generations of Soldiers.
RTLA collects physical and biological resource data such as; vegetative species presence, percent cover and degree/type of ground disturbance from long-term plots to evaluate trends in land condition across the installation. Plant, bird, reptile and amphibian surveys have also been conducted.
Short-term monitoring efforts are directed toward supporting restoration activities, monitoring natural recovery in areas experiencing intensive military training, monitoring encroachment of noxious weed species which inhibit training, and protecting concealment and cover resources.
Training Requirements Integration
Training Requirements Integration provides a means of direct interaction between trainers and environmental staff to work through land use issues in an effective manner. TRI also includes follow up monitoring and evaluation of training areas after training events to determine impacts and the level of LRAM effort required to make any training area repairs.
Assisting trainers with successful accomplishment of their mission is an important aspect of the TRI program. Additionally, ensuring that land use constraints and limitations are appropriately considered and included in training plans is vital toward maintaining the long-term sustainment of Fort Rucker as an excellent training location.
Sustainable Range Awareness
The Sustainable Range Awareness program is aimed at educating Soldiers and other land users about Fort Rucker’s training environment and what their responsibilities are in order to comply with various environmental laws, regulations and policies. Additionally, the program provides proactive means to develop and distribute educational material and integrate SRA into existing command and/or installation operational awareness.