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NEWS | May 30, 2023

USFWS selects JBMDL for annual Military Conservation Partner award

By (Editor's note: This article was excerpted from the Air Force Civil Engineer Center's Nature Call publication.) Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has selected Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst as the recipient of the 19th Annual Military Conservation Partner Award. This award recognizes significant natural resource management achievements by military installations, particularly the conservation of important wildlife and their habitats through cooperative work with USFWS and other partners. JBMDL is an outstanding example of the conservation contributions that military installations make across the nation.

USFWS is recognizing JBMDL for the many and varied conservation partnerships as well as their numerous successes in protecting and managing fish and wildlife. Their partnerships with USFWS, the State of New Jersey and a long list of public and private organizations is conserving and protecting a broad range of natural resources while directly benefitting the military mission of JBMDL. Among many remarkable fish and wildlife conservation successes led by the base, their aggressive conservation of the unique habitats associated with the Pinelands National Reserve is supporting globally rare plants and wildlife. Their work to expand and protect the grasslands at JBMDL is providing important breeding habitat for a wide variety of grassland birds, many of which are rare and imperiled.

“I’m very excited for JBMDL to receive this recognition,” said Karla Meyer, Air Force Natural Resources Subject Matter Expert. “Their dedication and participation in these critical partnerships is an outstanding demonstration of the Air Force’s commitment to environmental stewardship.”