DoD Policy Update
Natural resources Program Overview & Update
Ryan Orndorff & Gary Frazer
Ryan Orndorff, Program Director, DoD Natural Resources
Program with a Guest Appearance by Gary Frazer,
Assistant Director, Ecological Services Program, U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service
The DoD Natural Resources (NR) Program policy
presentation will provide an overview of the DoD NR
Program’s current priorities, challenges, and initiatives.
It will highlight recent accomplishments, provide
an overview of the program based on the annual
Environmental Review, discuss new opportunities, tolls,
and training, and encourage outreach and engagement.
Additionally, USFWS will provide a brief overview of the
new Endangered Species Act consultation regulations,
the status of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and USFWS
and DoD’s Recovery and Sustainment Partnership.
Annual Members Meeting
The Members Meeting brings together NMFWA
members to discuss accomplishments over the past
year and lay a path forward for continued success.
Highlights will include an introduction of the current
and future Board of Directors in attendance, a wrap-up
of the past year’s positions, and a review of the current
budget. Members will be asked to provide their input
on the direction that NMFWA is taking and also identify
issues that they feel should be addressed.
The DoD Breakout Sessions are your chance to hear from and speak to your Service Headquarters representatives, meet and greet your sibling installations, and get information on the upcoming fiscal years from the Washington perspective.
Ms. Michelle M. Steinman, Air Force Wildland Fire
Branch, and Mr. Zach Rigg, Natural Resources Specialist,
Air Force Civil Engineer Center
Ms. Steinman will report on the status of the Air Force
Wildland Fire Program. Mr. Rigg will discuss integration
of Air Force Wildland Support Modules into the INRMP
coordination and execution process.
Mr. Kyle B Russell, Deputy Chief, Air Force BASH Team,
Air Force Safety Center
Wildlife Biologist Kyle Russell will provide and update on
the Air Force BASH program. Mr.Russell will provide the
latest statistics on bird/wildlife strikes and discuss current
and future initiatives to enhance flight safety on Air Force
Mr. John Joyce, Chief of Conservation, Joint Base
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst has a unique role
for supporting training and operations for all of the
military services. Mr. Joyce leads a dynamic program
that integrates conservation into all aspects of Joint Base
operations. John will discuss past and present natural
resources management initiatives, lessons learned, and
provide his insights on the future of natural resources
conservation within the Department of Defense.
Mr. Clair Russell Lawrence III, Natural Resources Manager,
Hill AFB & UTTR
Mr. Russ Lawrence will provide an overview of a
comprehensive program to improve wildlife habitat,
control invasive species, and prevent severe wildfires
on the Utah Test and Training Range (UTTR). Russ
will emphasize how working with range operators as
partners in land management significantly enhances
Ms. Melanie Kaeser, Wildlife Biologist, Fish and Wildlife
Service, and Mr. Jared Kwitowsky, Wildlife Biologist,
In October 2018, Hurricane Michael devastated the
Florida panhandle, with a devastating blow to Tyndall
Air Force Base. Since then, the Air Force and U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service are partnering to direct the recovery
of the forest and coastal ecosystem, and have enlisted
the support of other government and non-government
entities in their restoration plans. Melanie and Jared will
discuss their accomplishments thus far, and future plans
for restoring the historical coastal dune and longleaf pine
ecosystem on parts of the installation.
US Army Environmental Command (USAEC)
Chief – Conservation Branch
US Army Environmental Command (USAEC)
Mr Mattox presents and discuss Conservation Programs from the USAEC perspective
Mission Success & Collaborative Conservation Partnerships
Mr Underwood presents and discuss successful collaborative partnerships between the Army and USFWS under the Sikes Act.
Army National Guard
Army national Guard
ARNG Breakout Session
Moderators: Moderator: Alisa Dickson, Conservation
Team Leader/Army National Guard Directorate
Michele Richards, ARNG Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Conservation Committee Deputy Chair and EAC Wildland Fire Working Group Chair.
This breakout will include a short presentation to go over
various changes at the headquarters as well as updates
on the following topics: threatened and endangered
species, Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) program,
proposed new rules for Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA)
and proposed Army National Environmental Protection
Act (ACT) regulations. This will be followed by the EAC
Conservation Committee and Working Group updates.
All questions submitted in advance will be addressed
with enough time for an open forum to address any
topics brought up by the attendees.
OPNAV N45 Update
Dr. Kelly Ebert
US Fleet Forces Environmental Readiness
NAVFAC as an Enabling Function
NAVFAC Pacific Natural Resources Program
Joint Region Marianas
Navy Region Southwest/ NAVFAC SW
Navy Region Northwest/ NAVFAC NW