- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - Fort Bragg officials say budget constraints have forced them to cut back on mowing thousands of acres of land, causing it to be overgrown.

Audrey Oxendine of the Operations and Maintenance Office tells Fayetteville Observer (https://bit.ly/1Yy8oFd) that officials are mindful of Fort Bragg’s appearance but have been limiting the amount of time soldiers spend cutting grass so they can focus on combat readiness

About 4,700 acres - the equivalent of 3,500 football fields - of the base have to be maintained. The land is looked after by a contractor, individual tenants and units responsible for their areas.

At one point, Fort Bragg employed a civilian crew to maintain the land, but it has been cut because of shrinking budgets. Officials declined to say how much money was saved by eliminating the crew.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, https://www.fayobserver.com

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