Eglin AFB awarded for conservation, environmental efforts

 SHALIMAR, Fla. (WMBB) — One of our local military installations is receiving national attention for its conservation efforts. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service awarded Eglin AFB Wednesday as their 20th annual military conservation partner. In 2023, Eglin’s team was a leading force in de-listing the Okaloosa Darter as an endangered species. From the […] [[{“value”:”

SHALIMAR, Fla. (WMBB) — One of our local military installations is receiving national attention for its conservation efforts.  

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service awarded Eglin AFB Wednesday as their 20th annual military conservation partner. 

In 2023, Eglin’s team was a leading force in de-listing the Okaloosa Darter as an endangered species.  

From the darter to the red-cockaded woodpecker, Eglin has spearheaded numerous initiatives to restore and protect habitats for local animals. 


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Through proactive measures like erosion control projects and road rehabilitation, Eglin staff said they are setting the standard for sustainable land management practices. 

“This team’s diligence, collaboration, and conservation plans prioritize wildlife, and the forestry management activities to ensure the operational capabilities of this complex water and land resources that support excellence, test, and training missions. And I can tell you right now, as we face an era of great power competition, there’s no important time to do it,” Col. Jeremiah Hammill, 96th Civil Engineer Group said.
 
The Department of Defense also recognized Eglin this year with the Secretary of Defense Environmental Award. 

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