Directorate of Public Works

Bruce McDonald, a JBLM forester, points out a young cedar tree, netted, staked and planted in a shady area on Joint Base Lewis-McChord April 9.

Sustainable Forestry Program

Directorate of Public Works

The JBLM forestry program is self-supporting. Money from the timber harvest pays for the forestry program on the base.

Sustainable Range Program

Published: 02:11PM May 31st, 2018

The primary objective is to ensure all Army training lands are available for sustained perpetual use by providing a comprehensive approach to land management and is based on the integration of military mission, natural resources stewardship and environmental compliance.

JBLM Public Works

Published: 02:02PM May 3rd, 2018

The recycling centers take a wide variety of items, metals, glass, books, clothes and appliances, as well as cardboard, paper, organic waste, plastic and clean wood.


Published: 12:00AM May 4th, 2018

Balloons have a destructive effect on animals, environment and people.

GO Lewis-McChord

Published: 12:00AM April 6th, 2018

By taking advantage of the GO Lewis-McChord programs — GO Transit, GO Bike and GO Rideshare — you can save time and money and reduce your impact on the environment.

JBLM Community Gardens

Published: 02:02PM April 5th, 2018

Community gardens are open to anyone with access to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Land restoration

Published: 02:48PM March 8th, 2018

The goals of the renovation area are to create an open landscape for streaked horned lark nesting and improve training conditions for service members.

Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed

Published: 02:38PM March 8th, 2018

Simple choices in our daily activities affect the quality of water we drink, we play in and the water that fish and other wildlife rely on.

Rainier Elementary School

Published: 11:12AM February 13th, 2018

There is a lot of work that goes into restoring habitat, and the students at Rainier Elementary are ready and willing volunteers.

JBLM Master Planning

Published: 01:49PM February 8th, 2018

Bioswales are often used with or instead of traditional stormwater piping. They achieve the same goals as rain gardens but are designed to manage a specified amount of runoff from a large impervious area such as a parking lot or roadway.


Published: 02:32PM January 11th, 2018

Earthworks, the compost facility at closed Landfill 5 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, takes recycling seriously. It captures organic and inorganic waste generated on the installation and generates products for troop projects, such as compost, mulch, crushed asphalt and crushed concrete.

Environmental Restoration Warrior Program

Published: 02:29PM January 11th, 2018

The Environmental Restoration Warrior program and the Department of Public Works Environmental Division Fish and Wildlife team who initiated it have made unique efforts to accomplish environmental objectives, conserve rare species and comply with the law, while also saving the Army hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, serving the active-duty community and preserving the military mission.

Go Lewis-McChord

Published: 02:41PM November 30th, 2017

The Army will recognize GO Lewis-McChord programs with a 2017 Army Community Partnership Award at a ceremony at the Pentagon Monday.

JBLM Directorate of Public Works

Published: 02:39PM November 30th, 2017

Army regulations require JBLM maintain an environmental management system inclusive of all who work on or for the installation. JBLM meets this requirement by incorporating environmental requirements into existing JBLM management processes.

Wreaths Across Amercia

Published: 01:24PM November 2nd, 2017

Dec. 16 at 9 a.m. is scheduled to be the next Wreaths Across America event at the Camp Lewis Cemetery.

JBLM Directorate of Public Works

Published: 01:25PM November 2nd, 2017

People dump large amounts of trash in the training areas — washer and dryers, leftovers from construction projects or bags of personal trash.

Directorate of Public Works

Published: 04:08PM October 5th, 2017

JBLM practices partial harvesting techniques rather than the common practice in western Washington of removing all trees in clear-cuts. Instead, active forest management utilizes mostly variable density thinnings.

Energy Action Month

Published: 04:07PM October 5th, 2017

With heater season coming soon, DPW is encouraging awareness of energy use in JBLM facilities to make sure heat is kept down and not wasted in vacant spaces. According to Army-420-1, indoor air temperature inside any occupied office/admin building should be at 68 degrees (55 degrees for unoccupied buildings).

JBLM Directorate of Public Works

Published: 02:32PM September 7th, 2017

It may seem counterintuitive restore a piece of land by setting it on fire, but prescribed fire is an essential tool for maintaining approximately 18,000 acres of fire adapted ecosystems, including grass-dominated prairies, Oregon white oak woodlands and Ponderosa pine forests on JBLM.

Warrior Transition Battalion

Published: 02:30PM September 7th, 2017

The Warrior Transition Battalion Healing Garden is a lunchtime volunteer project for Gary Ouellette, a retired sergeant major from the chaplains office and current Madigan Army Medical Center employee.

Published: 11:34AM August 15th, 2016

Sites managed by JBLM IRP include former landfills, former small arms ranges, leaking underground storage tanks, disposal pits, industrial yards and historical petroleum or hazardous waste spill sites.

Published: 11:34AM August 15th, 2016

Illegal dumping on JBLM costs the installation more than $350,000 a year.

Published: 11:33AM August 15th, 2016

During the last two years, 37 active-duty service members have interned with Environmental Warfighter program, offered through JBLM Public Works (Environmental Division, Fish and Wildlife branch) and Colorado State University’s Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands.