As one of the pillars of the Environmental Management Division, the Conservation Branch oversees the preservation and management of Fort Lee’s Natural and Cultural Resources. Elements of these resources form the most visible and abundant of the installation’s environmental constraints. This ties the Conservation Team to every aspect of Fort Lee’s planning and mission objectives. These two programs work in concert to retain the installation’s natural and cultural heritage together with supporting the military mission.
When using training areas stay within approved/designated areas to avoid natural and cultural resource protection areas. If you find an artifact, report the find by calling 734-4436 or 734-5071.
Fort Lee's Cultural Resource program embraces four main components: History, Archaeology, Preservation, and Outreach. The primary mission focuses on compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), which requires all federal agencies to take into account the effects of their activities on historic properties and afford the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (via the State Historic Preservation Officer) an opportunity to comment prior to the approval of the expenditure of any Federal funds on the activity or the issuance of any license. The program provides support for Fort Lee's mission while protecting and managing historic properties and ensures integration of cultural resources with mission activities.
The Natural Resources Program works to conserve and manage natural resources under the authority of the Sikes Act. The implementing mechanism for the Sikes Act is the installations Integrated Natural Resource Management Plan (INRMP). The primary goal of the INRMP is to integrate the conservation, management, and recreational use of natural resources in concert with the military mission. The result is the maintenance of expected biodiversity with no net loss of military readiness or training opportunity.