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Legacy Resource Management Program

Welcome to the Department of Defense โ€“ Legacy Resource Management Program Home Page

Mission – The mission of the Legacy Resource Management Program is to provide coordinated, Department-wide, and partnership-based integration of military mission readiness with the conservation of irreplaceable natural and cultural resources.

The Department of Defense (DOD) Legacy Program is a 34-year-old strategic and competitive funding program that has served as an incubator of innovative natural and cultural resource management strategies supporting DOD mission and military installation priorities. The Secretary of Defense established the Legacy Program in 1991 (P.L. 101-511, Section 8120) with the mandate to identify, manage, inventory, conserve, restore and rehabilitate significant biological, geophysical, cultural, and historical resources existing on or involving DOD lands, facilities, and property. Subsequent amendments (P.L. 104-201, Section 2694 of Title 10), refocused the program to conduct and manage coordinated conservation and cultural activities of national or regional significance to better support DODโ€™s ever evolving mission, stewardship, and regulatory requirements.

Since its establishment, the Legacy Program has funded over 3,400 projects for a total funding amount of $400 million benefitting over 300 military installations worldwide. These projects have also involved countless partners including Federal and State agencies, academia, and non-governmental organization.

Leadership, Stewardship and Partnership are the three principles that have guided the Legacy Program for the past three decades. By embracing a conservation leadership role as part of the Legacy Program, the Department serves as a model for respectful use of natural and cultural resources. Legacy projects and initiatives assist DOD in safeguarding its irreplaceable resources for future generations. And through its mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborations, the Legacy Program strives to access the knowledge, expertise, and available resources of groups and individuals outside of DOD.

For a more complete program overview: Legacy Program Fact Sheet