Peter Boice is the Deputy Director, Natural Resources (Installations and Environment) at the Department of Defense.
The Defense Department (DoD)’s Natural and Cultural Resources Programs are partnering with the National Environmental Education Foundation to support National Public Lands Day (NPLD) projects on military installations across the country for the twelfth year. As it has each year since 1999, DoD is supporting the 17th annual National Public Lands Day with on-the-ground projects. Many of the 48 projects DoD funded this year took place on September 25, 2010. Others will take place later this fall.
From Pearl Harbor and Pohakuloa Training Area in the Hawaiian islands to Forts Wainright and Richardson, Alaska, and from Naval Air Station Key West, Florida, to Fort Bliss, Texas, and at sites like Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, the DoD Legacy Program is funding 48 NPLD projects in 23 states this year, including 37 that support natural resources, seven that focus on cultural resources, and four that have elements of both. Twenty of these projects focus on pollinators and their habitats.
NPLD 2010 celebrates service and recreation on public lands while educating volunteers about all the benefits of spending time on public lands, including military installations. NPLD inspires a new generation of volunteers committed to service on these lands. The event also encourages volunteers to explore and enjoy America’s natural wonders through outdoor recreation.
For a listing of all 48 DoD NPLD projects, please visit http://www.dodpollinators.org/NPLD-2010.html.
DoD’s Natural Resources (NR) Program provides policy, guidance, and oversight for management of natural resources on approximately 30 million acres of military land, air, and water resources. The NR Program’s goal is to ensure continued access to realistic habitat conditions to support the military’s combat readiness mission, while simultaneously working to ensure the long-term sustainability of our country’s priceless natural heritage. For more information about DoD’s NR program, go to http://www.dodnaturalresources.net/.
Check out some photos of recent activities: