This course provides an overview of military lands in the U.S. from within several different contexts – historical, geographical and environmental. It provides an overview of how military lands evolved as part of the federal land system to today's current inventory and uses of these lands, to include the role of the military in the early National Parks system and the various federal legislative actions that codified these lands.
The course content will include discussions on the purpose and use of these lands as they relate to national defense requirements. It will also discuss the principles and implementation of environmental stewardship of the natural and cultural resources on these lands. Current day issues surrounding military lands, to include encroachment and multi-purpose uses, will be included. Case studies involving military installations in various regions of the U.S. will be included throughout the course.
This course can be applied toward:
Completed undergraduate degree.
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Military Geographies (2004)
- The Greening of the U.S. Military: Environmental Policy,National Security,and Organizational Change (2007)
Durant, Robert F.
- The Modern Military and the Environment (2007)
Wilcox, William A. Jr.
Dr. William W. Doe
Dr. William (Bill) Doe has taught a broad range of courses in physical and cultural/regional geography, water resources, land use planning and environmental studies for the U.S. Military Academy (West Point, NY), Western Illinois University, and Penn State University. He is a former military engineer and environmental geographer with research and applied expertise in military lands management, watershed management and modeling, renewable energy and sustainability practices for universities and federal installations.
Dr. Doe is currently employed at the University of Colorado-Boulder, in the College of Engineering & Applied Science, where he coordinates external research opportunities with federal and state agencies, and industry partners. From 2010-2014 he was the Chief Executive Offier of Veterans Green Jobs, a Denver-based non-profit providing employment for veterans in the renewable energy, energy efficiency and natural resources conservation sectors. He also previously held positions as Associate Dean for Research in the Warner College of Natural Resources at CSU, and as a senior research scientist/scholar and Associate Director with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) at CSU.
Dr. Doe served on active duty of 22 years as an Army Corps of Engineers officer with assignments in civil works, water resources management, combat engineering and environmental R&D. While on active duty, he was on the faculty as Academy Professor and Program Director of Geography and Environmental Studies at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point.
He is an active member of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) and volunteers for veterans' organizations. He received his undergraduate degree from the U.S. Military Academy and advanced degrees from the University of New Hampshire and Colorado State University.