Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield recently received the 2020 Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Natural Resources Conservation for a Large Installation. Fort Stewart’s 284,000 acres in southeast Georgia provide unrivaled training opportunities for Soldiers in a diverse environment.
Through the management strategies developed in the Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan, natural resource managers have formulated a masterful balance between military training needs and the responsible stewardship of natural resources.
Some of the most notable achievements included protecting 17,003 additional acres under the Army Compatible Use Buffer Program. The ACUB program aids in preventing encroachment from incompatible development adjacent to installation boundaries. The result increased the total acreage protected under ACUB to 94,597 acres, guaranteeing superior training opportunities for both current and future generations of Soldiers. Prescribed burning on Fort Stewart provides the installation with benefits such as wildfire reduction, a superior military training platform, enhanced threatened and endangered species habitat and improved forest ecosystem health. Read more at Natural resources conservation efforts receive top honor (army.mil).