YPG management of natural resources evaluates the status of land, water, wildlife, and threatened and endangered species. The major requirements for this program are to develop an Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan (INRMP) and to maintain an inventory of known threatened and endangered species within the area. In addition, this program addresses the requirements to protect soil and groundwater and the habitat of identified threatened and endangered species.
The primary goal of natural resource management is to minimize human impacts on the natural environment and to ensure the long term protection of our habitat and ecosystems. The Yuma Proving Ground has an INRMP to guide and document the manner in which the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground sustains the military mission on the installation while managing the ecological health of our natural resources area.
Management of natural resources on and around the installation requires coordination and cooperation between the U.S. Army Garrison Yuma Proving Ground (Garrison) Manager, the YPG Commander, the Regional Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Region 2; and the State of Arizona, by and through the Arizona Game and Fish Commission and its administrative agency, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD).
Through the YPG INRMP, YPG is able to ensure the continued protection and monitoring of natural resources while sustaining the YPG mission and ensure continued environmental stewardship.