In 1990, Congress passed legislation establishing the Legacy Resource Management Program to provide financial assistance to the Department of Defense (DoD) for installation-specific efforts to preserve our natural and cultural heritage. In 1996, the Legacy Resource Management Program was significantly amended by the National Defense Authorization Act, Public Law 104-201, Section 2694 of title 10 to focus on DoD-wide national and regional projects. The program assists DoD in protecting and enhancing resources while enabling military readiness. A Legacy project may involve regional ecosystem management initiatives, habitat preservation efforts, archaeological investigations, invasive species control, Native American consultations, and/or monitoring and predicting migratory patterns of birds and animals.
Three principles guide the Legacy program: stewardship,
leadership, and partnership. Stewardship
initiatives assist DoD in safeguarding its irreplaceable resources for future generations.
By embracing a leadership role as part of the program, the Department serves as
a model for respectful use of natural and cultural resources. Through partnerships,
the program strives to access the knowledge and talents of individuals outside of
In order to support these principles, the Legacy Program emphasizes five areas:
- Legacy incorporates an ecosystem approach that assists DoD in maintaining biological
diversity, and the sustainable use of land and water resources for mission and other
- The program also implements an interdisciplinary approach to resource stewardship
that takes advantage of the similarities between DoD's natural and cultural resource
plans. Often, the same person is responsible for managing both natural and cultural
resource plans on an installation. Legacy strives to take advantage of this by sharing
management methodologies and techniques across natural and cultural resource initiatives.
- Legacy promotes understanding and appreciation for natural and cultural resources
by encouraging greater awareness and involvement by both the military and the public.
- Additionally, the program takes advantage of similar ecosystems by applying resource
management initiatives in broad regional areas. Legacy supports projects such as
the Sonoran Ecosystem Management Initiative, the Gulf Coast Plain Ecosystem Partnership,
the Great Basin Initiative, the Chesapeake Bay Program, and Partners in Flight.
- Finally, Legacy pursues the identification of innovative new technologies that enable
more efficient and effective management.
Legacy Guidebooks explain the Legacy Program and the process used to fund Legacy
projects from the application stage through successful project completion.
The Legacy Project Tracker is designed to collect Legacy Proposal submissions and
track Legacy Project progress online. The site allows users at the installation
level to electronically submit proposals through their Service specific review chains
before final 'submission' to DoD. In addition, it provides a means by which each
Service can track the status of its proposals and the progress of its Projects all
via the Web.
PUBLIC LAW 104-201 Sect. 2694 - SEPT. 23, 1996
For more information on current and previously funded Legacy Projects, visit
Legacy on DENIX (DoD Environment, Safety, and Occupational
Health Network and Information Exchange):