Refuge turns former munitions site into forest land

Oct 25, 2012

Concrete crushing equipment recycles building foundations once part of the Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant in Karnack, Texas. About 7,000 acres has been transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which is returning the land to old growth forest.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

The Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Karnack, Texas, is midway through a project of busting up 90,000 tons of concrete slab. Building foundations are some of the last remnants that remain of the former Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant. The land is being turned into old growth forest by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Refuge manager Mark Williams says the contractor's biggest customer is the State of Louisiana, which wants all of the fill for the construction of I-49.