Natural Resources

State Wildlife Action Plan / Integrated Natural Resource Management Plan Regional Workshops

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

To preserve natural resources on military installations, Congress passed the Sikes Act as amended (2003). The Act requires and enables the Department of Defense (DoD) to manage its natural resources through Integrated Natural Resource Management Plans (INRMPs). INRMPs are integrated plans to comprehensively manage natural resources at a given installation (or group of installations) that harbor significant natural resources. States are also required to comprehensively manage natural resources on their lands. State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs) facilitate the conservation of wildlife by outlining the actions needed to protect important species and natural areas before they become too rare or costly to protect.

Completed Workshops:
  • Northeast - Boston, MA (May 2008)
  • Mid-Atlantic - Arlington, VA (November 2007)
  • Southern Plains - Albuquerque, NM (May 2007)
  • Southwest - Phoenix, AZ (December 2006)
  • Southeast - Atlanta, GA (May 2006)
Workshop Goals:
  • Facilitate conversation and encourage interaction between counterpart personnel in DoD, USFWS, and the states
  • Foster natural resource related partnerships that complement and integrate SWAP and INRMP actions and priorities
  • Brainstorm specific cooperative projects to enhance the natural resources in the region
Workshop Results:
  • 82 ideas were developed on day 1 of the five workshops, 30 were considered worthy of proposal development
  • According to survey results, 15 of 30 projects were submitted for funding, 10 were funded by Legacy and 15 were funded by others
Conclusions/Recommendations:
  • A significant number (50% of identified priority projects) of successful on-the-ground cooperative efforts that benefit both DoD and partner resources.
  • The majority of respondents believed future workshops would be of value; additional workshops will be pursued.

Click Here to view the poster that staff presented at the 2009 Sustaining Military Readiness (SMR) Conference.

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 Soutwest 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 Southern Plains region.problems and solutions relating to SWAPs and INRMPs in the Southeast region.

SWAP/INRMP Workshop Summary