Naval Base Guam Wins Environmental Conservation and Cultural Preservation Awards

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Guam  – The Chief of Naval Operations has awarded Naval Base Guam an environmental and cultural preservation award.

The award recognizes efforts to promote the conservation of natural resources, including the identification, protection, and restoration of biological resources and habitats; and the sound management and use of land and its resources.

Guam Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo made the announcement saying “These awards demonstrate the Navy’s commitment to the civilian community on Guam to protect our island and its historic sites for future generations”

READ the release from Congresswoman Bordallo in FUL below:

[L-R:  Congresswoman Bordallo joins Naval Base Guam awardees, Ronald Rossetti, Installation Environmental Program Director; Lon Bulgrin, NBG Archeologist; CDR Mike Thornton, Public Works Officer; as well as ADM Mark Ferguson, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, and VADM William D. French, Commander of the Navy Installations Command, at the Chief of Naval Operations Environmental Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on June 5, 2012. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy.]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 6, 2012 – Washington, D.C. –

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo recently attended the Chief of Naval Operations Environmental Awards at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., where Naval Base Guam received the Natural Resources Conservation award for an individual or team, as well as the Cultural Resources Management installation award.

The Natural Resources Conservation award recognizes efforts to promote the conservation of natural resources, including the identification, protection, and restoration of biological resources and habitats; and the sound management and use of land and its resources. Naval Base Guam was recognized for planting approximately 78,500 trees and 50,000 grass plugs to cover 100 acres. It was also recognized for devoting significant funds to manage and conserve 415 acres of Ecological Reserve Areas. The Cultural Resources Management award recognizes efforts to promote the conservation and management of cultural resources, including the identification, protection, and restoration of historic buildings and structures, archaeological sites, and sacred objects and sites.  Naval Base Guam was recognized for finalizing consultations under the National Historic Preservation Act to construct a new fuel pipeline between Sasa Valley Fuel Farm and Andersen Air Force Base. They were also recognized for the growth of their cultural resources program and completing the Historical American Engineering Record for Maanot Reservoir, possibly the oldest reservoir on Guam, predating World War II.

Congresswoman Bordallo was the first Member of Congress to attend this ceremony in its history.

“I am pleased that Naval Base Guam and the entire Joint Region Marianas team has been recognized for its work in promoting the conservation of our island’s natural and cultural resources,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “These awards demonstrate the Navy’s commitment to the civilian community on Guam to protect our island and its historic sites for future generations. I commend CDR Mike Thorton, Public Works Officer; Mr. Lon Bulgrin, NBG Archeologist; and Mr. Ronald Rossetti, Installation Environmental Program Director, for their leadership on these efforts. I also commend the leadership of Admiral Paul Bushong, General John Doucette and Captain Richard Wood for fostering an environment that promotes conservation of our island’s natural resources and preservation of our cultural sites. I look forward to working with them to ensure that this focus on cultural and environmental issues remains a priority as the military build-up moves forward.”