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Natural Resources

This website provides public access to the Natural Resources Program for all our sites in the Northwest’s area of responsibility, which includes:  Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming.

The Natural Resources Branch continues to sustain mission readiness through implementation of each installation's Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan (INRMP).  The Sikes Act requires all military lands with natural resources to develop and implement an INRMP which are to protect and preserve those resources while ensuring no loss to military mission or training.  Each installations’ INRMP includes information specific to that installations natural resources, i.e. endangered species present and how their habitat(s) are managed; management of land and near shore sustainment through invasive species control, erosion control of streams and shoreline; a forestry program which looks at limited harvesting of merchantable timber and habitat enhancement and wildland fire prevention; and other legal requirements to meet the operational and training mission needs of the installations and Fleets.  These environmental services employ protective measures in the air, on land, and at sea to reduce environmental effects from military training and testing activities.  Natural Resources personnel are focused on ensuring mission flexibility through continued sustainment of the nation’s natural resources while balancing the demands of operational and training requirements.

There are a number of major Federal laws that directly impact how we manage Navy lands and natural resources; as mentioned above, the overarching law for us in Natural Resources is the Sikes Act (16 U.S.C. §670(a)-670(o)). 

Other Federal laws we comply with daily include:

  • Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. §1531 et seq.) – The purpose of this Act is to protect listed (endangered and threatened) species and the critical habitats upon which they depend on, both on land and on the high seas.

  • Marine Mammal Protection Act (16 U.S.C. §1361-1407) – This Act prohibits, with certain exceptions, the take of marine mammals in U.S. waters and by U.S. citizens on the high seas, and the importation of marine mammals and marine mammal products into the U.S.

  • Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (16 U.S.C. §668-668d) – This law provides for the protection of the bald and golden eagles by prohibiting the take, possession, sale, purchase, barter, offer to sell, purchase or barter, transport, export or import, of any bald or golden eagle, alive or dead, including any part, nest, or egg, unless allowed by permit (16 U.S.C. 668(a) and 50 C.F.R. 22).

  • Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. §703-712) – This multi-national law makes it illegal for anyone to take, possess, import, export, transport, sell, purchase, barter, or offer for sale, purchase, or barter, any migratory bird, or the parts, nests, or eggs of such a bird except under the terms of a valid permit issued in accordance with Federal regulations. The migratory bird species protected by the Act are listed in 50 C.F.R. 10.13.

We also support the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) program, which is responsible for considering environmental consequences of proposed actions before decisions are made and actions are taken.  This link to the NEPA Documents webpage will take you to that page which lists current and completed environmental assessments and environmental impact statements.  

The Cultural Resources webpage contains information about histrionic buildings, archaeological sites and Traditional Cultural Properties.


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