The U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leonard Wood (Installation) has prepared a Biological Assessment (BA) to evaluate effects of the construction and operation of a Mine Clearing Line Charge (MICLIC) range on threatened and endangered species at the Installation. A pilot monitoring plan will describe the process in which field data are to be gathered and timelines in which field data are processed and/or reported. The data collected during this pilot monitoring survey will be used to validate the noise and seismic estimations, as described in the BA, for MICLIC detonations and ensure that thresholds of sound and vibration have not been surpassed. If field data results surpass thresholds, the USFWS will be consulted and appropriate coordination will be conducted.

Dr. Kevin Mickus, geophysicist and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geography, Geology, and Planning at Missouri State University (MSU), was the lead scientist on the pilot monitoring survey to assess the noise and sound effects during MICLIC testing. He was assisted in the field by Paul Wilkerson, an undergraduate student in geology. The seismic and sound data were collected at King Cave which is the closest of the seven caves to the MICLIC Range.

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US Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District agreement number W912DQ-18-2-0006

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