By Cpl. Jung Han Soh (Daegu)September 11, 2017
Q: What is your name and what is your job title?
A: My name is Tom Kunneke and I am a natural resources specialist working for United States Army Garrison Daegu Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division
Q: Can you tell me a little bit about your area of responsibility or duties?
A: As the natural resources program manager, I provide guidance for the stewardship of wildlife resources, forestry and land cover assets, natural habitats conservation and monitoring of endangered species. Additionally, I assist and support a robust community outreach program.
Q: Do you have any success stories or accomplishments regarding your programs?
A: We've had significant success regarding our natural resources program. One being the restored stream and wetland system on Camp Carroll. Prior to the in-house restoration project, in years past the historic floodplain was built-up and used for a number of temporary services during the early years of Camp Carroll's construction. Subsequently, the stream corridor developed adverse conditions, such as sediment accumulation, flooding during monsoon season, erosion, absence of native vegetation, and loss of native wildlife. The wetland now exhibits valuable functions for both the on-post and off-post community. Now we support a rich assemblage of biodiversity and hydrologic benefits such as flood control and erosion abatement, groundwater recharge, native groundcover species, high-value wetland forest and water quality improvement service. Additionally, it has become a haven for wildlife species, including utilization by protected endangered species.
Additionally, over the past five years I've established a weekly AFN Radio hour called the "Flyways & Byways" show, providing outreach for all environmental interests across Area IV.
Q: Is there anything else you would like to the community to know?
A: The Environmental Division is staffed by experts in all their fields and we take pride in providing service to the community. We are here to serve you. During my tenure here I have documented, collected and archived a wide range of biological resource data across our installations and facilities in Area IV. Part of that is due to my involvement with the individuals and groups the Environmental Division has been associated with and therefore demonstrating that we are all in this together. If you have any questions concerning Natural Resources you can give me a call at 764-5943.