(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Opportunistic conservation at former military sites in the United States

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

HAVLICK D.G. (1) ;
(1) Univ. of Colorado, Colorado Springs, ETATS-UNIS


Recent military base closures and realignments in the United States have opened dozens of former training and testing sites to new uses and priorities, as national wildlife refuges. This paper acknowledges some of the real conservation opportunities provided by military-to-wildlife (M2W) refuges, but emphasizes that restoration and conservation measures at these sites remain bounded by physical and sociopolitical constraints. One outcome of these constraints is "opportunistic conservation", where habitat and wildlife goals are shaped or constrained by the lingering presence of prior military uses. Working from case studies and interviews conducted at M2W sites in the United States, this research suggests that opportunistic conservation represents a limited vision for restoration and conservation at these places


Article of periodic

published at : Progress in physical geography / ISSN 0309-1333 / CODEN PPGEEC

Editor : Sage Publications, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1977)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 38, no3 [pp. 271-285]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.

Collation : 3 fig.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 14648 A

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