Natural Resources

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.