The Department of Defense's (DoD) Natural Resources Program (NR Program) supports the military's testing and training mission by protecting its biological resources. The NR Program provides policy, guidance, and oversight for management of natural resources on approximately 25 million acres of military land, air, and water resources owned or operated by DoD. The NR Program’s goal is to support the military's combat readiness mission by ensuring continued access to realistic habitat conditions, while simultaneously working to ensure the long-term sustainability of our nation’s priceless natural heritage. 

The NR Program's primary responsibilities are to:
  • Oversee development and implementation of natural resource-related policy, guidance, procedures, and metrics;
  • Ensure Military Service compliance with policies, Executive Orders, and legislative obligations;
  • Respond to Congressional inquiries;
  • Manage natural resources allocation programs; and
  • Coordinate with external stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs), states, and other federal agencies. 

For a more complete program overview: DoD Natural Resources Program Fact Sheet

DENIX Natural Resources website

Watch these tortoises go! DoD herpetologists work with Scientists to Save a Few Good Species at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms (29 Palms). DoD manages herps on military lands across the nation through the DoD Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) network. At 29 Palms, DoD PARC is helping manage endangered desert tortoises to enable the Marine Corps' combat readiness and national security responsibilities.


OSD Support Memo for the 2019 NMFWA Annual Training Workshop

National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest, single day volunteer effort for public lands, was September 22, 2018. Learn about this year's projects on DoD lands!

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DoD Natural Resources Program

Enabling the Mission, Defending the Resources
Check out the DoD Natural Resources Program video, which highlights specific examples of what DoD is doing to benefit both mission and conservation objectives!
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