CHECKLIST OF BIRDS
AIR FORCE BASE
BURROWING OWL Photo by Brian K. Wheeler
BIRDS OF TRAVIS AFB
AIR FORCE NATURAL RESOURCES
The United States Air Force has the responsibility of managing more than nine million acres of valuable public lands. To ensure success, the Air Force has developed a network of dedicated professionals who work in coordination with local, regional and national authorities. Their challenge is to find a balance in requirements for military mission, security and environmental habitat protection. This effort requires the cooperation and support of the Air Force and its neighbors. The primary goal is to guarantee the quality of public lands under Air Force stewardship.
Conservation programs on Air Force bases include fish and wildlife conservation, forestry, agricultural land lease, habitat management and outdoor recreation. Air Force Resource Managers and nearby communities, working together, have made great strides in fostering environmental awareness through education and cooperation.
The Air Force supports partnerships with many resource groups; Partners in Flight, Ducks Unlimited, North American Waterfowl Management Plan, Wetlands Protection and Enhancement and the National Watchable Wildlife program. You are invited to visit Air Force lands. Come see how we are doing with our part of America.
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE
Travis Air Force Base began as an isolated airstrip in the middle of a wind-swept prairie and dry-land farms, 50 miles northeast of San Francisco. It was activated as Fairfield-Suisun Army Air Field in 1943, and became the "Gateway to the Pacific" as Far East troops deployed and returned through the installation. Now part of Air Mobility Command, Travis has the 60th Air Mobility Wing as host unit. The mission of the 60th Air Mobility Wing is to provide quality services and support resulting in a responsive and flexible combat ready Air Mobility force. To fulfill this mission, the 60th AMW flies the Lockheed C-5 "Galaxy," and the KC-10 "Extender" tanker on a daily operational basis.
Environmental Management oversees resources on the 6,258 acres of Travis AFB. Habitat is California valley grassland, contonement area plantings, and impoundment wetlands. Projects include restoration of vernal pools, new surveys for threatened and endangered species on base, and recordation and preservation of historic buildings. Military mission requirements preclude access to parts of Travis AFB except with special permission. For information, contact the Environmental Management Office; 707-424-3897.