Policy and Guidance
CEQ Fact Sheet: Building Community Resilience by Strengthening America's Natural Resources and Supporting Green Infrastructure (PDF)
The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has released a fact sheet detailing the Obama Administration's new executive actions and series of private and public sector commitments that will improve the management of our natural resources in the context of a changing climate and support investment in green infrastructure.
Strategic Plan for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and Management on DoD Lands (PDF)
This document summarizes current reptile and amphibian related challenges and concerns on DoD lands, and highlights reptile and amphibian strategies and priorities that can inform and enhance DoD’s natural resource conservation and management activities. Success will be achieved by implementing proactive, habitat-based management strategies that maintain healthy landscapes and training lands in ways that sustain and enable DoD’s testing, training, operations, and safety mission.
Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) Federal Agencies Steering Committee MOU (PDF)
The purpose of this MOU is to provide a framework for cooperation and coordination among the Agencies in achieving the objectives of the PARC Federal Steering Committee.
The Sikes Act
The Sikes Act provides for cooperation by the Departments of the Interior and Defense with State agencies in planning, development and maintenance of fish and wildlife resources on military reservations throughout the United States.
Memorandum on Sikes Act Implementing Procedures- Clarifying the role of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and State Agencies (PDF)
This memorandum (dated June 20, 2014) is intended to clarify the role of the USFWS and state agencies in implementing Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan (INRMP) objectives.
The Endangered Species Act
The Endangered Species Act provides for the conservation of ecosystems upon which threatened and endangered species of fish, wildlife, and plants depend.
DoD Policy to Use Pollinator-Friendly Management Prescriptions (2014) (PDF)
This memorandum confirms DoD policy to use current best management practices, as appropriate, specifically to protect pollinators (e.g., bees, birds, bats, butterflies, moths) and their habitats, and establishes policy to coordinate with partners on pollinator issues.
DoD Partners in Flight (PIF) Strategic Plan (PDF)
DoD’s bird conservation activities sustain and enhance the military testing, training, and safety mission through proactive, habitat-based management strategies that maintain healthy landscapes and training lands. This document identifies actions that support and enhance the military mission while working to secure bird populations. It also provides a scientific basis for maximizing the effectiveness of resource management, enhancing the biological integrity of DoD lands, and ensuring continued use of these lands to fulfill military training requirements. Participating in partnerships, such as Partners in Flight (PIF), helps DoD to more effectively meet its trust responsibility to conserve our nation’s biodiversity while protecting the military mission.
MOU between DoD and USFWS to Promote the Conservation of Migratory Birds (PDF)
This MOU is entered into pursuant to Executive Order 13186, Responsibilities of Federal Agencies to Protect Migratory Birds (66 FR 3853 [January 17, 2001]). The purpose of this MOU is to promote the conservation of migratory bird populations while sustaining the use of military managed lands and airspace for testing, training, and operations.
Endangered Species Bulletin - Fall 2015, Wildlife Stewardship & National Defense
The Department of Defense and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service collaborated to produce the fall 2015 Wildlife Stewardship & National Defense issue of the Endangered Species Bulletin. This issue focuses on DoD’s projects that sustain the military mission while protecting and managing endangered, threatened, and candidate species.