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Working in close concert with regulatory agencies, conservation groups and scientific consultants, Fort Indiantown Gap maintains a strong commitment to protect and conserve the environment. The installation has won numerous awards, including:

  • 2008 NGB Environmental Security Award for Cultural Resources Management (Individual): Rita Meneses was recognized for her accomplishments of several significant program milestones to protect cultural resources and enhance the PAARNG’s military mission, including full establishment of the PANG museum at FTIG, obtaining a “State of Pennsylvania Historical Marker” for the installation’s historic Land Ships/Stevedore Training Area and rededicating the Merci Train at FTIG.
  • 2009 National Military Fish & Wildlife Association “Historical Conservation Achievement Award”: The award was presented to Joe Hovis and the FTIG Natural Resource Conservation Team. It was given specifically for the well-rounded, model program that conserves our natural resources legacy on military lands.
  • 2009 NGB Environmental Security Award for Environmental Quality (Installation): The entire Bureau of Environmental Management for the Pennsylvania National Guard was recognized for overall excellence in multiple program areas at FTIG. These programs include hazardous waste management using the “pharmacy concept” at the AASF, community outreach, NEPA documentation, environmental inspections, as well as natural resource management.
  • 2009 NGB Environmental Security Award for Environmental Restoration (Individual): Phil Duffy of post engineering received the award for taking down warehouses and other buildings and reusing the concrete for bank restoration and environmental trail fill. The award recognizes efforts to protect human health and the environment by cleaning up identified ARNG sites in a timely, cost-efficient, responsive and sustainable manner.
  • 2010 NGB Environmental Security Award for Sustainability (Installation): Each year, the Army recognizes and rewards excellence for the development, management and transferability of environmental programs that increase environmental quality, enhance the mission and help make the Army sustainable. Pennsylvania National Guard was recognized for community interaction, orientation to mission, technical merit and overall program management.
  • 2011 NGB Environmental Security Awards, Cultural Resources Management (Installation): To recognize efforts to promote the management of cultural resources, including historical buildings, archaeological sites, Native American items and sites, curation and the promotion of the cultural resources conservation ethic. The cultural resources manager, Rita Meneses, works closely with trainers, range control and facilities personnel in all projects to ensure that cultural resources management requirements are fully integrated into planning and implementation along with maintaining a partnership and coordination with regulators.
  • 2011 NGB Environmental Security Awards, Environmental Quality (Installation): The entire Bureau of Environmental Management for the Pennsylvania National Guard was recognized for overall excellence in multiple program areas at FTIG. The award recognizes efforts to protect human health and the environment by achieving full and sustainable compliance with all applicable environmental requirements. This includes pollution-prevention efforts that achieve compliance in the areas of environmental planning, waste management and pollution control.
  • 2011 Secretary of the Army Environmental Award, Cultural Resources Management (Installation): This award recognizes efforts to promote the management of cultural resources, including historical buildings, archaeological sites, Native American items and sites, curation and the promotion of the cultural resources conservation ethic. The cultural resources manager, Rita Meneses, works closely with trainers, range control and facilities personnel in all projects to ensure that cultural resources management requirements are fully integrated into planning and implementation along with maintaining a partnership and coordination with regulators
  • 2012 NGB Environmental Security Award for Environmental Restoration (Installation): Joan Anderson, a licensed professional geologist with the bureau’s compliance division, was recognized for her work in remediating UXO and military munitions in State Game Land 211 as well as clean-ups of petroleum product spills at four sites on FTIG. The award recognizes PAARNG’s commitment to stewardship and sustainability in service of the mission, proactively protecting both the installation and the state game lands. The installation’s in-house management and completion of the spill clean-up efforts saved over $60,000 in remediation costs. The restoration demonstrates PAARNG’s role as a responsible and trustworthy part of the community, both militarily and environmentally.
  • 2014 NGB Environmental Security Award for Sustainability (Non-Industrial Installation): Each year, the Army recognizes and rewards excellence for the development, management and transferability of environmental programs that increase environmental quality, enhance the mission and help make the Army sustainable. Pennsylvania National Guard was recognized for green construction, sustainable landscapes, alternative energy material management and substitution, stakeholder interaction, orientation to mission, technical merit and overall program management. One of the many initiatives identified was the diversion of sewage sludge from the landfill. By obtaining regulator permits to land apply our sewer sludge, we enhanced fields growing hay that we bale for installation erosion control projects saving the PAARNG nearly $20,000 each year.
  • 2015 Army National Guard Environmental Security for Environmental Restoration (Team): The DMVA’s Bureau of Environmental Management took first place in environmental restoration centering on the start of work at Mt. Gretna, cleaning up old munitions from the original training site for the PAARNG and the FTIG landfill capping/remediation project. The team successfully entered the landfill into the Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP) and acquired the funding needed (over $4 million) — along with DEP approval — to finally cap the landfill and close the site.
  • 2015 Army National Guard Environmental Security for Natural Resources Conservation (Team): The team received second place for its continued habitat support and research of the regal fritillary butterfly (RFB), while maintaining our training mission here at FTIG. Over the past two years, the NRC Team has made impressive strides in the successful propagation of the rare RFB, a butterfly species recently petitioned for protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Its only home in the eastern U.S. is on training ranges at FTIG.
  • 2015 Department of Defense Environmental Award for Sustainability (Non-Industrial Installation) Honorable Mention: FTIG received an honorable mention in the 2015 DOD Environmental Awards competition for Sustainability (Non-Industrial Installation) category for sustainability efforts at FTIG, primarily for the land application of sewer sludge to fields, saving thousands of dollars annually in disposal costs while enhancing the grasses growing there which are then cut and baled for use on erosion protection projects around the installation

The team manages the regal fritillary butterfly and more than 126 other species of concern, an Outdoor Recreation Program and a vigorous public outreach program. Partnerships with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the American Chestnut Foundation, Ernst Conservation Seeds and state agencies provide materials, funds and other project essentials. FTIG is working to ensure the long-term health, viability and productivity of its natural resources in order to continuously improve the training, working and living environment for Soldiers, their families and the public.

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