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By Mario Icari, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest Public Affairs Office
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Secretary of Defense named Naval Base Coronado (NBC) as a winner of the 2013 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards April 19 for natural resources conservation in the large installation category.
NAVFAC Southwest manages the base's environmental program.
"It makes me extremely proud when our installations receive recognition for their dedication and service to the Navy," said Edith Jacobsen, NAVFAC Southwest Environmental conservation lead. "It reflects on all of the Southwest, Navy Region Southwest (NRSW), and NAVFAC Southwest when the team effort, innovation, and can do attitude is reflected in such important awards."
NBC's conservation program is based on an ecosystem management approach, which includes comprehensive management of federally listed species and their habitats in a manner compatible with military operations and provides a model for effective natural resources management. NBC supports one of the highest densities and number of listed species throughout DoD with 31 marine and terrestrial federally-listed species within the NBC area of control and use.
Despite these potential constraints, NBC's natural resources program continues to support no net loss to the military mission and exceeded this mandate during the achievement period by providing expanded training opportunities.
Outstanding success of the program has been manifested by sustained increases in population or nesting numbers of multiple species while providing increased access to essential training areas. The species documented with sustained population increases are the federally endangered San Clemente loggerhead shrike (Lanius ludovicianus mearnsi), the federally threatened western snowy plover (Charadrius nivosus nivosus), the federal candidate San Clemente Island fox (Urocyon littorialis clementae), and all six of the federally-listed San Clemente Island plants.
The command is responsible for eight geographically separate installations including Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI), Naval Amphibious Base Coronado (NAB), Silver Strand Training Complex-South (SSTC-S), Naval Outlying Landing Field Imperial Beach (NOLF IB), Remote Training Site Warner Springs (RTSWS), Mountain Warfare Training Camp Michael Monsoor (CMM), Camp Morena, and San Clemente Island (SCI) Range Complex (SCIRC).
Its primary mission is to provide quality logistical support and quality of life services for the operating forces of the U.S. Navy and other commands enabling our operating forces to produce the highest level of combat readiness through support to the fleet, fighter and family.
"Coronado works tirelessly to find ways to ensure no net loss of the mission and means to streamline processes to ensure our war fighters succeed," said Jacobsen. "In addition, their dedication and expertise is reflected in the support we receive from our regulatory agencies as we move forward with our programs, projects and mission requirements."
NBC natural resources program has had remarkable success supporting the military readiness mission while sustaining natural resources. Despite the obvious challenge to multiple "use" mandates, NBC has one of highest concentration of federally listed species among DOD installations. NBC has the only remaining CONUS live fire ship to shore and air to ground range and one of the highest concentrations of Naval Special Warfare training and range areas. The SOCAL Range Complex is the most capable and heavily used Navy range complex in the eastern Pacific region.
The natural resource program benefits the installations' sailors through reduced constraints and base sustainment. Both installation personnel and surrounding communities benefit from NBC's support of ecosystem balance and biodiversity through maintained or increased environmental quality in water, support of transient natural resources for migratory birds that have value within the communities that border NBC installations, and outstanding community education and outreach. NBC's conservation model provides a vivid example of how training and natural resources can successfully coexist.
NBC was also selected on April 10 as a winner of a fiscal year (FY) 2012 Secretary of the Navy Environmental award along with Naval Support Activity Monterey. NBC was the winner in natural resources conservation in the large installation category. Naval Support Activity Monterey was the winner in the cultural resources management. NAVFAC Southwest also manages the environmental program for Naval Support Activity Monterey.