Greater Emphasis Needed on Military Fish and Wildlife and Public Outdoor Recreation Planning and Management Activities

CED-77-106: Published: Aug 3, 1977. Publicly Released: Aug 3, 1977.

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Although about 19 million of the 26 million acres of land administered by the Department of Defense (DOD) are now managed for fish and wildlife purposes, programs at some military installations have not reached their full potential.

Some installations have strong and aggressive fish and wildlife programs, but some installations have fish and wildlife plans that are outdated or inadequate because of a lack of necessary planning data. Many installations have plans that have not been fully implemented because of a lack of funds and technical assistance. Other installations have potential for fish and wildlife conservation, but have no programs because of a lack of start-up funds.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: To make installation fish and wildlife programs more effective and to ensure that such programs reach their full potential, the Secretary of Defense should require the individual military services to: (1) update and upgrade existing installation plans; (2) identify installations with potential for such programs and initiate them; and (3) request an extension of the funding authorization for these programs and request appropriation of authorized funds. The Secretary of the Interior should request an extension of the funding authorization for technical assistance and request appropriation of authorized funds. The Secretaries of Defense and the Interior should place increased emphasis on efforts to enter into a cooperative agreement for the development of public outdoor recreation resources at Defense installations and should request extension of their respective funding authorization for such activities and appropriation of authorized funds.

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