Natural Resources

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The DoD Natural Resources (NR) Program sponsored the following courses to facilitate regulatory and stakeholder cooperation, highlight positive military activities and efforts, and educate personnel about the military’s requirements and commitment to protecting natural resources to ensure no net loss in mission capability.
 
Training Courses:
Sikes Act 101
Sikes Act Implementation
 
Additional Courses of Interest:
The following courses may also be of interest; however, the DoD NR Program does not sponsor them: 
For more information about DoD's Integrated Natural Resources Management Plans (INRMPs):
 
Training
About SWAP/INRMPs

The Department of Defense (DoD) is responsible for creating programs and implementing management strategies to conserve and protect biological resources on its lands. DoD develops and implements Integrated Natural Resource Management Plans (INRMPs) at its installations to ensure military operations and conservation of natural resources are integrated and consistent with stewardship and legal requirements.

Similarly, state wildlife agencies are responsible for managing and conserving all resident fish and wildlife species. As part of that responsibility, and as a requirement of the federal State Wildlife Grants program, every state has recently completed a Wildlife Action Plan, know technically as a Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy. The State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs) outline the actions needed to conserve wildlife and vital natural areas before they become too rare and costly to protect. The completion of the SWAPs advanced the management and protection of wildlife in the United States.

By working together DoD, the state wildlife agencies, and other relevant agencies can prioritize collaboratively how conservation dollars are spent, encourage implementation of projects that are mutually beneficial, promote information and data sharing, and assist in the review and updating of SWAPs, INRMPs and other planning efforts.

To gather information and facilitate the integration of INRMPs with SWAPs, as well as identify collaborative conservation opportunities, DoD (Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment and the Legacy Program), with the support of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) proudly host the SWAP/INRMP Regional Workshops.

For more information about prior and upcoming workshops, please navigate through the site using the links on the top of the page.

Background Information
Prior SWAP/INRMP Workshops

SWAP/INRMP Workshop, Nashville, TN (23-24 June 2009) This workshop intended to unite participants from AL, KY, LA, MS, and TN to identify how DoD, state wildlife agencies, and the USFWS can work together to identify problems and solutions relating to SWAPs and INRMPs in the South-Central region. Due to lack of participation, this workshop was canceled. SWAP/INRMP Workshop, Boston, MA (3-4 June 2008)  This workshop united participants from CT, MA, NY, NH, and RI to identify how DoD, state wildlife agencies, and the USFWS can work together to identify problems and solutions relating to SWAPs and INRMPs in the Northeast region. SWAP/INRMP Workshop Summary SWAP/INRMP Workshop, Arlington, VA (27-28 November 2007)  This workshop united participants from DE, PA, NJ, MD, VA and DC to identify how DoD, state wildlife agencies, and the USFWS can work together to identify problems and solutions relating to SWAPs and INRMPs in the Mid-Atlantic region. SWAP/INRMP Workshop Summary SWAP/INRMP Workshop, Albuquerque, NM (8-9 May 2007) This workshop united participants from CO, NM, OK and TX to identify how DoD, state wildlife agencies, and the USFWS can work together to identify problems and solutions relating to SWAPs and INRMPs in the Southern Plains region. SWAP/INRMP Workshop Summary SWAP/INRMP Workshop, Phoenix, AZ (7-8 December 2006) This workshop united participants from AZ, CA, NV and UT to identify how DoD, state wildlife agencies, and other agencies can work together to identify problems and solutions relating to SWAPs and INRMPs in the Southwest region. SWAP/INRMP Workshop Summary SWAP/INRMP Workshop, Atlanta, GA (9-10 May 2006) This workshop united participants from FL, GA, NC and SC to identify how DoD, state wildlife agencies, and other agencies can work together to identify problems and solutions relating to SWAPs and INRMPs in the Southeast region. SWAP/INRMP Workshop Summary

Resources

Useful Resources

Native Plants MOU DoD and Natural Resources Conservation Service MOU Sikes Act Tri-Party MOU SWAP Summary Report DoD Sustainable Ranges Initiative Website DoD Species at Risk Report Cooperative Agreement between DoD and the Nature Conservancy (TNC)