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Question

What is the Department of the Navy's "stewardship" strategy for managing and protecting the vast lands and natural resources under its care?

Answer

The Department of the Navy manages its natural resources with a few important concepts in mind. First is fulfilling the military mission. Natural resources must be used in appropriate ways to support the Department's primary functions and operations. This can be a complicated process involving everything from helping to site a building away from a wetland, to projecting the need for new piers for ships twenty years in the future and planning for their impacts. Compliance with environmental laws and regulations is a bedrock principle -- we know that reduction of enforcement actions also supports the mission. Care of our nation's natural resources because our future depends on them is stewardship -- this includes appropriate preservation, enhancement and secondary uses. Finally, we partner with groups for the benefit of the resources and we reach out to the community to share with them the work we are doing. This often results in public support for the military installation/activity. By maintaining the ecological health and integrity of our bases, we help maintain access to the lands, air, and sea resources required to support the DON mission. A healthy environment can support more use and stresses than one that has been severely degraded. Conservation and military readiness are not mutually exclusive -- rather, we must identify, understand, and manage the relationship between the two. To effectively do this, DON works had to ensure that it has up-to-date information on the location and condition of the natural resources under its control.

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Created at 12/18/2012 1:16 PM by Chris Pike
Last modified at 12/18/2012 1:16 PM by Chris Pike
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