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 s, 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


New: National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest, single day volunteer effort for public lands, was September 26. Learn about this year's projects on DoD lands!

​​Annual USFWS Military Conservation Partner Award: Call for Nominations and Guidelines (2016) 
The annual USFWS Military Conservation Partner Award recognizes a military installation that has conducted notable conservation work in cooperation with USFWS and other partners. These guidelines outline the process for nominating installations and selecting an award recipient for 2016. Responses are due December 11, 2015.

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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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