While carrying out the mission of MCLB Barstow, the Natural and Cultural Resources Program provides stewardship for the plant and animal species that inhabit the base, as well as the pre-historic, historic, and culturally significant resources that are noted in this area.  The Marine Corps commitment is made with respect to federal laws, such as the Endangered Species Act and the National Historic Preservation Act, and other applicable regulations.

  • Handbook for Preparing, Revising and Implementing Integrated Natural Resources Management Plans on Marine Corps Installations, May 2004
  •       Federal Laws and Applicable Regulations
                (also see Chapter 6 - Integrated Natural Resources Mgmt. Plan)

               Endangered Species Act

    MCLB Barstow provides habitat that supports ten (10) federally listed threatened and endangered species (2 birds, 2 invertebrates (fairy shrimp), and 6 plants).  These species are widely distributed throughout the base.  As a result, conservation and compliance with the Endangered Species Act is a primary focus the MCLB Barstow natural resource management program.  Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act requires that we consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding any action that “may affect” a threatened or endangered species.

        Clean Water Act

    Section 404, Clean Water Act, requirements for permitting actions that would place dredge or fill material into “waters of the United States”, including wetlands, are of principle natural resources management concern on MCLB Barstow.  MCLB Barstow strives to avoid impacts to “waters of the U.S.”.  Avoiding impacts to “waters of the U.S.” conserves our resources and avoids the need for lengthy and time-consuming permit processing that delays mission accomplishment.
              The Section 404 regulatory program is administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACoE), Civil Works, Regulatory section with oversight by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

  • Clean Water Act, Federal Regulations (33 CFR 320 - 332)
  • Definition of Waters of the United States (33 CFR 328) 
  • Section 404 - Permit Required to Place Dredge/Fill in Waters of the U.S. 

      Migratory Bird Treaty Act

    Other Relevant Laws and Executive Policy


    Operating Procedures
    • Wildlife Problems and Complaints
  • Endangered Species Act, Section 7 Consultation: – The Natural Resources Division staff for the Environmental Management Department processes these consultations on behalf of MCLB Barstow. Action proponents are responsible for ensuring the preparation of documentation needed to support Endangered Species Act consultation. Documentation requirements are described in the Endangered Species Act links above.
  • Clean Water Act, Section 404 Permitting: The Environmental Management Department processes Clean Water Act permitting applications on behalf of MCLB Barstow. The Natural Resources Division staff assists with Section 404 permitting, and the Environmental Engineering Division staff assists with associated Section 401 Water Quality Certifications. Action proponents are responsible for ensuring the preparation of documentation and/or permit applications needed. The Clean Water Act links above provide information regarding the permitting process and requirements.
  • Records
    • Endangered Species Act Consultations (Contact NRD)
    • Clean Water Act, Section 404 Permits (Contact NRD)

    Program Manager
    Natural and Cultural Resources

    (760) 577-6111