Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson is responsible for the sound management and protection of 74,215 acres. Adjacent to the third largest state park in America, JBER is relatively undeveloped and provides important habitat for local wildlife. JBER is home to abundant populations of moose, black and brown bears, wolves, small game, bald eagles, loons, rainbow trout, all five species of Pacific salmon and the beluga whale, the only threatened or endangered species found on the installation. JBER hosts 39 species of mammals, 162 species of birds, 12 species of fish and 1 amphibian. Most of JBER is open for outdoor recreation to the base population while general public access is slightly more restrictive. Hunting and fishing is allowed on JBER following restrictions, see the recreational supplement which is made available at the front gates prior to hunting season or contact a conservation enforcement officer at 552-8609.
The JBER Natural Resource Conservation Program is responsible for the base forestry, fish and wildlife management, outdoor recreation planning, as well as cultural resources management. The JBER Wildlife Education Center is the centerpiece of conservation management, and has a display of over 200 wildlife specimens from around the state. The WEC also has a Facebook page. JBER Wildlife Education Center
To contact the staff of the Cultural and Natural Resources Conservation Office please call 552-2436. To contact the Wildlife Education Center directly please call 552-0310. To report a
wildlife conflict please contact Conservation Enforcement at 552-8609 or 552-9453.
National Environmental Policy Act compliance on JBER is governed by statute and implementing regulations as discussed below.
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended:
The purposes of this Act are to declare a national policy which will encourage productive and enjoyable harmony between man and his environment; to promote efforts which will prevent or eliminate damage to the environment and biosphere and stimulate the health and welfare of man; to enrich the understanding of the ecological systems and natural resources important to the Nation; and to establish a Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). It is the continuing responsibility of the Federal government to carry out the policy set forth in this Act. To read the entire legislation, click on the following link: http://ceq.hss.doe.gov/nepa/regs/nepa/nepaeqia.htm
Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508):
The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) prepared regulations that implement Section 101(2) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Their purpose is to tell Federal agencies what they must do to comply with the procedures and achieve the goals of the Act. NEPA procedures must insure that environmental information is available to public officials and citizens before decisions are made and before actions are taken. Accurate scientific analysis, expert agency comments and public scrutiny are essential to implementing NEPA. NEPA documents must concentrate on the issues that are truly significant to the action in question. The NEPA process is intended to help public officials make decisions that are based on understanding of environmental consequences, and to take actions that protect, restore, and enhance the environment. The CEQ Regulations provide the direction to achieve this purpose. To read the regulations, click on the following link:
Air Force Regulations for Environmental Impact Analysis Process (EIAP) (32
Air Force EIAP Regulations supplement the CEQ Regulations. To read the regulations, click on the following link:
To contact the JBER NEPA staff, please contact 673 CES CEAOP at (907) 384-2460.