Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) is located within the Municipality of Anchorage in south-central Alaska. The 74,000 acre installation is bordered on the east by the community of Eagle River and Chugach State Park, on the south by the Bureau of Land Management Campbell tract and Stuckagain Heights, on the southwest by Bicentennial Park and the communities of Muldoon, Mountain View, and Government Hill, and on the north and west by the Knik Arm of Cook Inlet.
It is the responsibility of the 673 Civil Engineering Squadron Natural Resources Office to effectively manage the lands, waters, and air space to support the JBER mission and guarantee continued access to its lands, waters, and air space for realistic military training and to sustain the long-term ecological integrity of the resources base and the ecosystem services it provides. It is in support of this responsibility and in fulfillment of the Sikes Act that the Natural Resources Office is working to develop an Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan (INRMP).
The principal purpose of Department of Defense (DoD) lands, according to DoD Instruction 4715.3, Environmental Conservation, is "to support mission related activities...DoD lands and waters shall be made available to the public for educational or recreational use of natural resources when such access is compatible with military mission activities, ecosystem sustainability, and other considerations such as security, safety, and fiscal soundness." Accordingly, the overall goal of conservation management on JBER is to manage base lands and natural resources in such a way as to support the DoD mission while promoting biodiversity and ecosystem health, protecting natural and cultural resources, and, when and where appropriate, providing commodities on a sustainable basis.
To view the Interim INRMP click here.