Naval Base Coronado Recognized as Outstanding Conservation Partner

Story Number: NNS130601-08Release Date: 6/1/2013 12:41:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Claire Farin, Navy Public Affairs Support Elelment West

CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) presented Naval Base Coronado (NBC) with one of this year's Military Conservation Partner Awards, May 29, for its outstanding conservation efforts throughout its various installations.

The USFWS, together with the Fisheries and Habitat Conservation, created this award given to military installations that have accomplished remarkable work in cooperation with the USFWS to promote natural resources conservation on military lands.

"It is amazing how partnership can get things done, and work together as an effective team," said Rowan Gould, USFWS assistant director.

Gould added he considers the teamwork between USFWS and both military and civilian staff as success-driven, which has reflected in what he describes as the base's outstanding conservation program.

NBC has a comprehensive conservation program, which includes two Integrated Natural Resources Management Plans; one for the base's mainland assets and one for the San Clemente Island.

As a good steward of the natural environment, NBC is an active participant in protecting and conserving the land's resources while supporting its military readiness missions.

NBC's conservation partnership with USFWS benefited certain bird species like the Western Snowy Plover, California Least Tern, San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike, and San Clemente Sage Sparrow. Over the past decade, the Navy has also planted more than 16,000 various plant species creating additional habitat.

"Naval Base Coronado takes environmental stewardship very seriously," said Capt. Gary Mayes, commanding officer, NBC. "This is part of the Navy's mission to protect this great nation."

Mayes emphasized there is a fine balance between conducting operations and protecting numerous species of plants and animals entrusted to the Navy's care.

The command is responsible for a consortium of eight installations representing over 60,000 acres of land and water. The several separate installations that provide expanded training opportunities include Naval Air Station North Island, Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, Silver Strand Training Complex - South, Naval Outlying Landing Imperial Beach, Remote Training Site Warner Springs, Mountain Warfare Camp Michael Monsoor, Camp Morena, and San Clemente Island Range Complex.

"I could not be more proud of the Naval Base Coronado's award-winning environmental team," said Mayes. "Their dedication and hard work made receipt of the honor possible."

NBC also earned the 2013 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award.

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