Environmental Biology / IPM / Natural Resources

Overview

The Environmental Biology section works in cooperation with the military services’ pest management, natural resources and operations programs to support DoD policy development and consultation regarding:  (a) integrated pest management; (b) endangered and invasive species; (c) nuisance wildlife; (d) forest pest suppression, and (e) natural and cultural resources protection, restoration, and mitigation.  We also work with the AFPMB’s Natural Resources and Quarantine Protection Committees to develop policy and guidance for all pests (i.e. native and non-native arthropods, plants and wildlife) in the natural environment on military installations. These policy recommendations are forwarded to DoD and/or the service(s) for staffing and concurrence.  We maintain liaisons with the DoD Conservation Committee, attending monthly meetings and providing updates on invasive species and pest management. 

The AFPMB serves as the DoD representative and policy liaison to the National Invasive Species Council (NISC), the Invasive Terrestrial Animal and Pathogens (ITAP) Committee, brown treesnake working group and the Federal Integrated Pest Management Coordinating Committee (FIPMCC). We also work with state and local government agencies, as well as non-governmental organizations, to share and obtain information and global subject matter expertise. On this page we provide starting points for what we feel are the most pertinent references to DoD managers. 

DoD pest management guidance can be found in DoDI 4150.07:  DoD Pest Management Program. The Integrated Pest Management program requirements are found in Enclosures 4 & 5. Further information on DoD pest management and training requirements are found in DoDM 4150.07-M, DoD Pest Management Training and Certification Manual. The DoD Natural Resources Program also provides detailed information on DoD natural resources and conservation initiatives. 

For quarantine, disinsection and retrograde issues, United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) is responsible for movement of all DoD personnel and equipment. In Defense Transportation Regulation (DTR) 4500.9R you will find deployment requirements for troops and equipment.  In addition, AFPMB TG 31 provides guidance on how to properly clean and inspect military equipment during retrograde operations.

For technical assistance or general questions contact the AFPMB Webmaster at osd.pentagon.ousd-atl.mbx.afpmb@mail.mil
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