CSU military lands center secures new $10 million deal

FORT COLLINS – CSU’s Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands has secured an agreement that will generate more than $10 million in new business for the center in the 2013 fiscal year.

The Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands, or CEMML, will provide project-based environmental restoration, natural and cultural resources management and geospatial data collection and management services at U.S. Air Force installations around the world, according to a release from CSU.

The projects are expected to add more than 70 jobs to the center’s base of 250 full-time employees and 150 seasonal employees.

The agreement allows the U.S. Air Force to get technical assistance from CEMML for its natural and cultural resource management needs on an as-needed project basis for the next five years.

CEMML is a center within CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources and provides research in sustainable and cultural resource management services on federal lands.

The center employs environmental and compliance professionals on the CSU campus and embedded at military and federal land installations around the world.

Military installations are federally protected areas that often serve as pockets of biodiversity in areas otherwise dominated by urban development, according to CSU.

These pieces of land can include cultural and natural resources such as endangered species, forests, diverse plant and animal communities, undeveloped watersheds, historic buildings and archaeological sites.

The Department of Defense has 425 threatened or endangered species on its installations, the highest density of any other federal land management agency, according to a Department of Defense fact sheet.

The Department of Defense also manages more than 90 National Historic Landmarks, about 123,000 known archaeological sites and more than 200,000 historic buildings and structures.

“Our strong connections at CSU and with our employees on the ground give us a unique opportunity to have our finger on the pulse of both real-world issues and innovative solutions, allowing us to be a conduit for environmental progress from education to implementation,´ said CEMML Director Lee Barber.

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