The Environmental Division is responsible for developing and implementing the Installation’s environmental programs, preventing pollution, as well as conserving and sustaining both natural and cultural resources. In addition to overseeing all environmental activities for the Installation, the Division provides training for Soldiers and Civilians to ensure that all operations are in compliance with environmental laws and regulations and educates the entire Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield community on how their daily activities impact the environment. The Division’s staff is comprised of engineers, environmental protection specialists, biologists, archeologists, historians, foresters and contractors supporting the Installation’s mission, quality of life for Soldiers and their families as well as overall environmental quality. The Environmental Division is comprised of three branches: Fish and Wildlife, Forestry, and Prevention and Compliance.
The Fish and Wildlife Branch is responsible for managing all fish and wildlife species and their habitats on the Installation, conducting wildlife population monitoring, and reviewing all proposed actions for potential impacts to their habitat. Furthermore, the Branch carries out conservation programs to help recover populations of threatened and endangered species on the Installation. The Fish and Wildlife Branch also manages the Installation's Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) program, which encourages neighboring landowners to continue compatible land uses such as farming or forestry, rather than residential development.
FS/HAAF’s Forestry Branch manages 281,600 acres of forest area, making it the largest forestry program in the Army and one of the largest in the Department of Defense. Though the management of these lands requires a team comprised of various directorates and organizations (both on and off-post), the majority of the responsibility lies with the Forestry Branch. Management tools such as prescribed burning and timber thinning are used to achieve a superior training environment while maintaining important habitat for threated and endangered species.
The Prevention & Compliance Branch oversees operational and administrative compliance of the numerous Stewart-Hunter state-permitted facilities and its vast wetland and cultural resources. The Branch provides the strategy and tools that help the Installation meet its long-term goals to successfully and cost effectively protect the environment.
For information about our Sustainability Program, including training, please visit our Sustainability Management System Page