DoD says it is invested in environmental protection and preservation in Guam, CNMI

(US Department of Defense)

The Department of Defense (DoD) continues to invest in the protection, preservation and conservation of natural resources in Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

In this fiscal year alone, Joint Region Marianas (JRM) estimates more than $26 million will be executed for conservation projects in the region, including approximately $5 million in environmental mitigation associated with military construction. In previous years, from 2016-2020, more than $35 million went to environmental protection and preservation throughout the region.

“Taking a proactive approach to protecting the region’s natural and cultural resources remains a priority for DoD,” Rear Adm. John Menoni, JRM commander said. “We recognize that the stewardship of the region’s cultural and natural resources is a significant responsibility and it is one we take seriously. We maintain open lines of communication with our local government partners and are committed to our alliances across the islands to ensure we are doing everything we can to respect and protect the history, heritage, and
environment of this region.”