This year’s National Public Lands Day (NPLD) Department of Defense Legacy Awards from the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), with funding support from the Department of Defense (DoD), sought projects to strengthen environmental and cultural resource enhancement activities at participating military installations. NEEF partnered with the Department of Defense Legacy Resource Management Program for 2019 to offer funding of up to $9,500 each for NPLD related service projects at 13 military installation sites.
Grants totaling $150,000 will be used towards volunteer and educational activities that restore America’s forests, promote healthy activity and teach participants how to protect the sustainability of local public lands.
By advancing environmental stewardship while focusing on cultural restoration projects that involve DoD members, their families, retirees, and veterans, the military takes an active, hands-on role in caring for their environment. Through this partnership, NPLD provides an opportunity for military personnel to lead stewardship efforts on installations.
Projects emphasize cultural and natural habitat restoration with many sites encouraging service members, their families, retirees, and veterans to connect with nature and enjoy the many health and “quality of life” benefits it provides. NEEF will also incorporate messaging and resources about cultural and natural habitat restoration to the more than 1,000 sites that typically participate in NPLD in order to maximize understanding and commitment to these efforts.
Grants were awarded to the following recipients:
List of Grantees Awarded
Grant Success Stories
Read about the impact this grant made across the country.