ASAN, Guam—Joint Region Marianas has awarded $2 million in support of a cooperative agreement with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to initiate a foundational conservation alliance in support of the advancement of habitat conservation in Guam.
Funding for the agreement is made available through the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration program administered by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and will align with and significantly support priority conservation initiatives of the Guam Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
“This is a win for Guam,” said Rear Adm. John Menoni, JRM commander. “The award represents DoD’s enduring commitment to protect and preserve Guam’s natural resources through mutually beneficial partnerships. …It is an effort that builds upon our longstanding commitment to environmental stewardship, and it further demonstrates our dedication to our island community.”
Adhering to the Sikes Act and through this REPI project, JRM will support long-term viability of natural habitats for outcomes beneficial to both the military and the greater community. The long-term effort seeks to reduce constraints to military training and capabilities by providing a landscape-scale ecological boost to important natural resources, while also assisting the Government of Guam in building capacity to manage Guam’s critical forest resources. (PR)