Initiatives within or near the Northwest Training and Testing EIS/OEIS Study Area include, but are not limited to:

Coordinating with Hood Canal Coordinating Council (HCCC) and member governments on conservation priorities in Hood Canal, watershed management planning, and policies for economic and ecosystem sustainment

The HCCC works in partnership with its member counties and tribes, state and federal governments, organizations, and citizens to advance a shared regional vision to protect and recover Hood Canal's environmental, economic, and cultural wellbeing. The Navy is an ex-officio non-voting member of the HCCC Board and worked with HCCC to establish an In Lieu Fee program for Compensatory Mitigation to provide higher-quality, more successful mitigation options in Hood Canal.

Partnering with the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council (KRCC) and local jurisdictions to improve mission sustainment for the Navy to promote robust, healthy communities for the local jurisdictions

The Navy is an ex-officio member of the KRCC Board and a member of the KRCC Transportation Policy Board and KRCC Land Use Technical Advisory Committee. The Navy coordinates with the KRCC member local jurisdictions on land-use planning policy, transportation improvement planning, and economic sustainment.

Partnering with Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR), The Trust for Public Lands, and Jefferson Land Trust to protect lands in Hood Canal

The Navy has a multi-year partnering agreement with Washington DNR, The Trust for Public Lands, and Jefferson Land Trust to protect lands in Hood Canal. The Encroachment Protection Agreement has been in effect since 2011. The agreement is funded in part by the Department of Defense’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program and Navy funding. Partners also contribute funds or seek grant funding from other sources. The goal of the partnership is to leverage funding and the efforts of individual partners to collectively expand conservation efforts. The Navy’s primary focus for this agreement is mission sustainment and buffering around the Dabob Bay Range Complex and Hood Canal Military Operating Areas. Due to the habitat values and conservation potential in the area, partners have many overlapping areas of interest. In addition to preserving pristine scenery and the Navy’s ability to operate in the area, the conservation efforts that result from the partnership also benefit many wildlife species native to the area. Since the partnership was initiated, the partners have protected over 12,000 acres of land around Hood Canal and additional transactions are in progress. The partners applied for designation of Hood Canal as a Sentinel Landscape in 2017.

Cooperating with the Washington DNR to establish a restrictive easement protecting 4,804 acres of aquatic lands in Hood Canal from incompatible development.

In addition to the REPI/Encroachment Protection Agreement work, the Navy and Washington DNR have worked cooperatively to establish a restrictive easement to protect 4,804 acres of aquatic lands in Hood Canal. Many of the Navy's required operations, such as research, development and evaluation testing, and training occur on ranges or Military Operation Areas in the Hood Canal. These areas are crucial for military readiness and national defense because they provide the realistic and secure environment necessary to safely conduct operations, training, and testing. The restrictive easement over DNR-owned bedlands in the Hood Canal protects the ranges from incompatible development that would limit the Navy's ability to effectively use the range and continue operations. The entire 4,804 acres is designated critical habitat for Endangered Species Act-listed salmonid species. In addition, the protected area includes high value habitat like eel grass and shellfish beds.

Forming the Northwest Navy Tribal Leadership Council to maintain strong relationships with federally recognized tribes of western Washington.

This annual collaborative forum promotes a spirit of cooperation among tribal leaders and Navy senior leadership to identify solutions to issues of mutual concern, build trust, share knowledge, and improve communication. The Navy and the tribes maintain open dialogue on issues, such as tribal fishing concerns; installation access for tribal shellfish harvesting; Navy environmental planning projects; training, testing and operations; natural and cultural resource management; and, effective consultation processes.

Hood Canal Coordinating CouncilJefferson Land TrustThe Trust for Public LandsWashington Department of Natural Resources

Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council


Several Navy installations and commands in the Puget Sound area are proud to have been awarded Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) environmental awards for fiscal year 2016. The CNO environmental awards program annually recognizes Navy installations, ships, individuals, and teams for their significant achievements and contributions to environmental stewardship. 

  • Naval Air Station Whidbey Island: Natural Resources Conservation award, Large Installations
  • Naval Base Kitsap: Environmental Quality Award for Industrial Installations
  • Naval Base Kitsap: Transit Protection System Port Angeles Environmental Assessment Project Team, Environmental Planning Team Award
  • Naval Hospital Bremerton: Sustainability, Non-Industrial Installation

"The Navy takes our stewardship and conservation measures seriously, as we should, in the Pacific Northwest. It shows in everything we do how important these environmental concerns are to the Navy. I couldn’t be more proud of the level of commitment shown by all the people who have worked, in many cases, for years helping the Navy complete its critical mission while protecting the natural environment we all enjoy."

Rear Adm. Gary Mayes
Commander, Navy Region Northwest