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Department of Defense Programs (Natural Resources)

Department of Defense Natural Resources Program

The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Natural Resources Program (NR Program) supports the military’s testing and training mission by protecting its biological resources. The NR Program provides policy, guidance, and oversight for management of natural resources on approximately 25 million acres of military land, air, and water resources owned or operated by DoD. The NR Program’s goal is to support the military’s combat readiness mission by ensuring continued access to realistic habitat conditions, while simultaneously working to ensure the long-term sustainability of our nation’s priceless natural heritage.

DoD Legacy Resource Management Program

In 1990, Congress passed legislation establishing the Legacy Resource Management Program to provide financial assistance to the Department of Defense (DoD) for installation-specific efforts to preserve our natural and cultural heritage. In 1996, the Legacy Resource Management Program was significantly amended by the National Defense Authorization Act, Public Law 104-201, Section 2694 of title 10 to focus on DoD-wide national and regional projects. The program assists DoD in protecting and enhancing resources while enabling military readiness. A Legacy project may involve regional ecosystem management initiatives, habitat preservation efforts, archaeological investigations, invasive species control, Native American consultations, and/or monitoring and predicting migratory patterns of birds and animals.

Three principles guide the Legacy program: stewardship, leadership, and partnership. Stewardship initiatives assist DoD in safeguarding its irreplaceable resources for future generations. By embracing a leadership role as part of the program, the Department serves as a model for respectful use of natural and cultural resources. Through partnerships, the program strives to access the knowledge and talents of individuals outside of DoD.

DoD Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (DoD PARC)

DoD Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservations (PARC) primary responsibility is to ensure that DoD has the operational and logistical flexibility necessary for testing and training exercises. DoD PARC provides a framework for DoD and the Military Services to use to effectively manage amphibians and reptiles on DoD lands by focusing on habitat and species management; inventory, research, and monitoring; and education, outreach, and training.