Information Papers

Army National Guard Environmental Program

What is it?
The paramount goal of the Environmental Program of the Army National Guard (ARNG) is to sustain the maximum use of lands and facilities to train Soldiers. To accomplish this goal, the Environmental Program strives to move beyond compliance with environmental laws and regulations by integrating sustainability with other divisions, incorporating cost-effective pollution prevention practices into daily operations, preserving cultural and natural resources while increasing available training lands, and identifying and remediating contamination from past military practices.

What has the ARNG done?
Recent accomplishments and activities include:

What continued efforts does the ARNG have planned for the future?
The ARNG continues to focus on and sustain the triple bottom line of mission, environment, and community. In support of the installation sustainability mission, the ARNG continues to integrate its planning of available natural and cultural resources. Through coordination with surrounding communities and through the use of legislative authority, the ARNG partners with private, local, and state organizations for the acquisition of easements to limit incompatible development in the vicinity of its installations.

The ARNG Environmental Program continues to focus on the sustainability of our training centers. Ensuring that our training sites remain in compliance with environmental laws, regulations, and interagency agreements and that the ARNG functions in a sustainable manner is fundamental to the unhampered access of Soldiers to the training lands they require to maintain readiness.

Why is this important to the Army and the ARNG?
ARNG training lands are the cornerstone of efforts to prepare trained and ready Soldiers. Evolving transformation actions and increasing pressure on natural resources require that we maximize our maneuver and firing range capabilities over the two million acres of ARNG training lands and mitigate the effects of encroachment from urbanization.

Web site: http://aec.army.mil/usaec/publicaffairs/awards05_minnesota.pdf