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A flyover in 2000 gave LeClerc and his staff the view used to draw the NRMU map.
"The importance of the NRMU is that it allows us to manage our large land base on a landscape level," said forester Rod Voss, a research associate with the Colorado State University Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands.
Using handheld computers, natural resources staff members update the NRMU database whenever they go into the field.
The NRMU database also automates the process of filing the National Environmental Policy Act documents required every time a unit goes into the field for training.
In addition, if they know what kind of training the Soldiers are looking for, the staffers can use NRMU information to recommend areas already prepared for that kind of training.
The NRMU framework lets the environmental staff know which units, which animal species and what kind of trees are on practically every square meter of Fort Drum.
When trainers like Smotherman submit their plans, they update the information for the NRMUs they plan to use.
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