WASHINGTON DC 20301-3000



SUBJECT: Conservation Awareness Training Video

I am pleased to provide you with a copy of our new Conservation Awareness Training Video. This 14-minute video, intended for both technical and nontechnical audiences, describes the Department of Defense's responsibilities under various natural and cultural resources laws and regulations. It also highlights examples of how DoD cares for these precious national resources while supporting our military mission.

We are all part of DoD's Environmental Security Team. Working together, we can help provide continued access to our land, water, and air resources for military readiness while ensuring their continued use and enjoyment by future generations.

I urge you all to ensure this video is seen by all members of your organization. If you have any questions on DoD's Conservation program, please contact Mr. Peter Boice at (703) 604-0524.

Sherri W. Goodman
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense
(Environmental Security)


NCR Awareness Video Script

4 October 1995 - Following 5th Day Edit

DVE = Digital Visual Effect

WS = Wide Shot

Video Audio
1 Fade up from black and roll in DoD logo. [Music up]
2 Montage of scenes from the different DoD forces. [Music mixed with natural sound from the planes. tanks. and artillery.]
3 DVE showing DoD personnel involved in daily operations over images of Pentagon. DVE boxes contain Navy parade. AF plane (C141/C130). Tank, navy boat, draftsman, troops in class, CAD operator. Your Department of Defense is a very large, diverse organization encompassing many departments as well as mission areas.
4 Close-up of pilot taking off, laboratory scientist and blue collar worker (truck driver, warehouse worker, etc.) You are one of many individuals who live on, work on or visit our installations.
5 Map of US dots indicating DoD installations, move to Kentucky, then flash at Kentucky. DoD installations are located in every state and cover over 25 million acres an area as large as the state of Kentucky.
6 Dissolve to WS of installations and people at an installation. These installations not only house our personnel, they also contain a wealth of natural and cultural resources. In fact, because DoD installations have been sheltered from extensive development, they often contain the best, or even the only, examples of rare plants, animals, archeological sites and other historic properties.
7 Nature shot headstone of civil war soldier school group at nature area nature shots Because of this, it is our responsibility and challenge to become more aware of our surroundings.

CG - Endangered Red Cockaded Woodpecker

Dissolve to banded cavity tree with soldiers on training maneuvers.

We must find ways to protect the resources around us, while we are accomplishing our various missions.

These soldiers recognize the banded tree as the home of the endangered woodpecker.

Effective management of our natural and cultural resources contributes to accomplishment of the DoD mission and improves your quality of life.

8a Parachute drop USMC armored vehicle tank firing jet refueling amphibious landing The primary mission of the Department of Defense is the defense of the nation, however.
8b Desert maneuvers (from vehicle) explosion ship at anchor historic hanger beauty shots - installation. As we defend our Nation, we also protect our environment, more specifically, our natural and cultural resources.
9 Air Force Strafing - Goldwater It is important for us to realize that DoD activities have a lasting effect on the environment.
12 WW II tank and Patton tracks in Southern California

Tank Firing, explosion, missile launch.

In the deserts of southern California General Patton's maneuvering tracks from the 1940's are still visible today, which illustrates that it can take a long time for nature to repair itself.

The increasing sophistication of today's military calls for effective planning and management.

15 WS of natural resource. DVE boxes of catus, otter and gulf, and wetlands. Dissolve to wetlands, then costal zone. We are "stewards" of natural and cultural resources on our installations. The term "Natural resources" refers to air, land and water and their associated vegetation and wildlife. Some examples are plants, animals and special ecological areas such as wetlands and coastal zones.
16 Photograph of historic building dissolve to building today

Dissolve to artifacts, then photographs, then historic aircraft

Historic structure and district

PSF - Letterman
Hanger 9 - Brooks AFB

The term "Cultural resources" refers to buildings, structures, objects and sites that are important because of the historic or cultural significance as well as artifacts, photographs, and other contributions to our heritage.

These resources represent a clear link to our past and enhance our lives in many ways.

Your installation may manage these resources by establishing historic districts and natural areas.

18 Beach scene dissolves to CG over blue eagle listing:

Natural and Cultural Legislation

Sikes Act
Clean Water Act
Endangered Species Act
Coastal Zone Management Act
Marine Mammal Protection Act
National Historic Preservation Act
Archeological Resources Protection Act
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
American Indian Religious Freedom Act
National Environmental Policy Act

Natural and Cultural resources are protected by federal laws laws that have provisions for civil and criminal penalities.
19 Highlight Sikes Act on CG. DVE pull out to full screen video to natural resource shot. The Sikes Act provides for the management of Natural Resources on military lands.
20 Notebook with INRMP cover. Open to show tabs/T of C listing Fish & Wildlife, forest, land, Endangered species. It requires that installations cooperate with the regional office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state agencies. It also requires a management plan for natural resources.
21 Wide shot of wetlands The major Federal wetlands regulations are jointly administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency.
22 Highlight Clean Water Act on CG.

DVE pull out to screen of wetlands.
Dissolve to images of vernal pool dry to wet

The Clean Water Act requires installations to have permits for activities affecting wetlands. Wetlands generally include swamps, marshes, bogs and even areas that appear dry. Wetlands may appear different at different times of the year.

Wetlands may not always be obvious feature of the landscape.

23 WS of different wetland area.

Field of cattails

Over the past 30 years, many states have enacted laws to regulate activities in wetlands and some towns have adopted local wetlands protection ordinances.
24 Wetland images All of us should be familiar with any specific wetlands requirements on our installation.
25 Environmental Laws CG. Highlight ESA. DVE pull out to full screen video to shot of endangered animal.

CG - Endangered Sea Turtles

Under the Endangered Species Act, federal agencies must consult with the Secretary of Interior or Commerce to ensure that any actions they fund, authorize, or carry out are not likely to jeopardize endangered or threatened species or their habitats. More than half of our installations have endangered species of plants and animals.
26 Dissolve to still of DLA butterfly - I have the slide

CG - Endangered Palos Verde Blue Butterfly

The Palos Verde Blue Butterfly, thought to be extinct, was found in a natural habitat at a DoD facility surrounded by industry in southern California. It was discovered during a biological survey on the installation.

Installation employees and volunteers are working to enhance the habitat for this endangered species, and improve its chances for survival.

27 Bald eagle
Navy eagles at Pax River
The Bald Eagle found on many installations is an Endangered Species Act Success, having returned from the brink of extinction.
28 Environmental Laws CG - Highlight Costal Zone Management Act

aerial of coastal zone

The Coastal Zone Management Act helps protect our coastal areas and requires federal agency's actions to be consistent with State plans.
29 Environmental Laws CG - Highlight Marine Mammal Protection Act

Dissolve to video of whale, otter or walrus

Background of ship and four DVE Boxes - Right whale, dolphins jumping, manatee, otter

The Marine Mammal Protection Act helps protect animals such as whales, manatees and sea otters. DoD has developed a protective device to reduce propeller injuries to manatees.
30 Highlight Act. Dve pull out to two images - one an intact building (USAFA log cabin and building foundation - Ft Riley Leo Wood foundation) The National Historic Preservation Act helps prevent the loss of irreplaceable historic properties, including archeological sites.

Archeological resources are not always apparent. Installations must develop a plan to locate, identify and evaluate, and nominate all historic properties on the installation.

31 Environmental Laws CG - Highlight ARPA

Parris Island - Spanish Fort

The Archeological Resource Protection Act ensures that archeological resources are protected from removal or vandalism.
32 Environmental Laws CG - Highlight NAGPRA

Video of Native American ceremony or reburial

The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act is instrumental in the protection and preservation of Native American gravesites, and artifacts associated with burials.
33 Environmental Laws CG - Highlight AIRFA

CG - Medicine Wheel Cultural Site

The American Indian Religious Freedom Act provides access to traditional sites on DoD installations for Native American cultural activities.
34 CG - National Environmental Policy Act The National Environmental Policy Act requires federal agencies to consider the effects of their actions on the environment as part of their planning process.

DoD works closely with the public and other organizations during this process.

35 Nature trail, construction images, civilian workforce images. The protection and conservation of natural and cultural resources is an integral part of DoD's mission.
36 Show the environment and military mission in action together


Under Federal laws, we must inventory our resources, and consider the effects of our actions on these resources.

We must also strive to conserve, manage, and protect them.

37 Legacy background

CG should read "Natural and Cultural Resources Management:

Replace cemetery in DVE with Q1-15 McNair, or Drum foundation. Inventorying pottery or artifacts. Show two cultural and one natural image.

Each military service has natural and cultural resources management plans. DoD operations personnel, and cultural and natural resources managers are required to comply with environmental regualtions and they continue to cooperatively develop and implement these management plans.
38 Various training materials, personnel in training.
39 CG: NCR Management Programs:

Fish and Wildlife

Functional areas within Natural Resources Management may include:

Forest; and
Fish and Wildlife

40 Dissolve to CG list. Highlight program. DVE pullout to full screen video of open land. Various shots of area, with personnel working.

Mineral - aerial of open range areas


Land management directly supports the mission, and ensures that we can train on and over our lands when and where we need to.

Land Management addresses soil and water conservation, wetlands and floodplains, grounds maintenance, agricultural uses, vegetation management, and areas of special use.

41 Highlight Forest Management. DVE pull out from list ot full screen video of forest. Various shots of forest management and personnel working. Timber cruising, jogger in field, deer, eagle in flight. Forest Management is a component of Land Management. It maintains integrated and ecologically sound forests to train in, promoting improved wildlife habitat, increased wildlife populations, recreation, and natural beauty, while at the same time protecting watersheds, cultural resources, and endangered species. Effective forest management provides revenue while maintaining the health of forest ecosystems.
42 Dissolve to CG list. Highlight program. DVE pull out full screen video of wildlife scene. Various shot of scenery and personnel working.

Replace fish ladder with images of people fishing.

Stocking a lake with fish or tagging a bird or animal.

Fish and Wildlife Management maintains and enhances these resources using current and accepted scientific practices while improving the natural habitat.

Your hunting and fishing permit fees are used to support this work.

43 Dissolve to CG list. Highlight program. DVE pull out to full screen video of historical site. Various shot of historical and archeological areas with VO. Shots of personnel in area.

Prehistoric boat at USMC base in SC.

Management of Cultural Resources locates, identifies, and evaluates our rich historic settlement sites, 19th century barracks, and facilities related to the Cold War. This helps to ensure our heritage is maintained and appreciated.
44 CG: NCR Management Programs:

Historic Buildings
Archeological Sites
Native American Spiritual Sites
Artifacts and Historic Documents

Functional areas within Cultural Resources Management may include:

Historic Buildings
Archeological Sites;
Native American Spiritual Sites; and
Artifacts and Historic Documents

45 Historic building in use (Annapolis)


Management of Historic Buildings focuses on maintaining a building's historic character while using it for mission purposes.
46 Archeological dig of canoe at Parris Island Archeological sites are managed to enhance knowledge of our history.
47 Native gathering on Guara - women holding something in hands (Navy CR video) Spiritual sites of native Americans are acknowledged and respected by DoD.

This helps preserve traditional practices.

48 Fr Drum teapot - Riley museum - native pottery Artifacts and Historic Documents are protected because they are invaluable in interpreting our cultural and military heritage.
49 Program areas over legacy background. Dissolve to mission operations. All of DoD's Natural and Cultural Resource management programs focus on integrating resource protection with the military mission.
50 Beauty shots of the environment. Integration of resource protection with the military mission has always been a DoD priority.
51 Various DoD installations, showing natural and cultural resources. Document covers from AEC for joint management of resources.

PSF - Ranger

DoD is meeting the challenge of integrating resource management with military operations by working with Federal, state, and local conservation organizations to preserve and protect our resources.
53 WS of civilian personnel working with other federal personnel, surveying site.
54 CU and MS of personnel at survey site. Establishment of partnerships between organizations and DoD promotes the identification, study, management, and restoration of natural and cultural resources on our installations and lands.
55 UASF pilot presenting a pre-flight briefing.

Replace jets with jets with no ground showing
Ducks or geese in flight

For example, planners, natural resources managers, and other agencies work together to avoid waterfowl during training maneuvers. The mission is safely accomplished without damaging the environment.
56 Images showing blankets, riprap, etc.

Ft. Drum/Ft. Leo Wood - Foundations
Tyndall - Habitat

Protecting topsoil by controlling soil erosion can reduce water pollution as well as protect archeological sites and natural habitat from destruction.
58 Beauty shots of wildlife and the environment (include shots of nature trails, volunteers helping out or building/placing bird boxes in field).
59 Wide shot of personnel at southwest DoD installation. In the southwest, many employees share their installations with the endangered desert tortoise.
60 Various shots of desert tortoise

Bliss - Camo net

This tortoise has been equipped with a transmitter to aid in scientific research.

Military units help protect these tortoises by placing their camouflage netting no closer than 18 inches to the ground to keep the tortoises from becoming entangled.

61 Tortoises in desert. Goldwater This simple precaution is easily implemented wit little cost or training involved, and helps to maintain the desert's ecosystem.
62 Still of beach landing
Dissolve to shot of sea turtles
Military installations in the southeast are rearranging their schedules to accommodate some fellow mariners sea turtles.
63 Shots of the sea turtles on beach. Baby sea turtles going to sea. Every spring hundreds of turtles come ashore to lay eggs. During this period, beach training exercises are temporarily suspended, allowing the turtle population to flourish.
64 WS of personnel at construction site.


Before making decisions, we must look to the future How will our actions affect our resources?
65 Shots of personnel taking inventory of the natural resources.

SW Pottery shards/arrow heads/petroglyphs

We begin to answer this question by inventorying our resources. A complete inventory of these cultural and natural resources supports effective planning and monitoring.
66 DVE of desert wash
Show avoidance. GIS Images
67 Beauty shots of the installation. Shots of cactus or wildlife and operational shots, tank firing, aircraft. Make sure not to detrimental. By maintaining the integrity of natural resources, installations enhance the quality of the land.
68 Wetlands with heron, archaeologic site

CU of people nodding in agreement to change the location of the complex.

Forethought and planning go a long way to protect and conserve our cultural and natural resources.
69 Meeting with builders, looking at blue prints and maps. Show people on a construction site. At an installation in the Southeast, initial planning for a training road revealed wetlands, historic and prehistoric sites, and threatened and endangered plant and animal habitats.

An interdisciplinary team of installation natural and cultural resources staff, planners, the military users, other Federal agencies, and state personnel was formed. They identified opportunities to satisfy the mission requirements while protecting the resources.

70 Shots of a clearing nestled within the forest. With input from all team members, wetlands and historic areas were avoided, new impacts to historic areas were reduced, and threatened and endangered plants were relocated.
71 Back to the meeting with builders. Show the completed project built out of the sensitive area or show how the problem was avoided. As a result of cooperative planning, among all organizations, training missions were accomplished and environmental resources protected.
72 [Music UP - transition to nature sounds]
73 Beauty shots of the environment.
Sifting for artifacts.
Natural and Cultural resources are assets in our lives.
74 Wetlands, forests, historical building. No audio.
75 DoD personnel actively promoting natural and cultural resource conservation.
DVE over eagle - alternate DVE boxes with plane flying, cultural image, tank (existing image), natural image, Navy ship. Wildlife images.
We can all contribute to their conservation and protection.
76 Ocean scene. The nation we cherish and defend is enriched by our care of our natural and cultural heritage.
77 Roll in DoD logo; fade to black. Fade in the various services logos; fade to black. [Music up full; slowly fade out.]

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