Directorate of Public Works

Amber Marten, bottom right, JBLM Fish and Wildlife biologist, and Sheila Wilson, Nisqually River Foundation education director, demonstrate planting a ninebark plant at Muck Creek Nov. 16.

Rainier Elementary School

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: 02:12PM August 10th, 2017

Audubon-led bird walks occur on the third Thursday every month at Eagle’s Pride. They meet at 8 a.m. in the golf course driving range parking lot and end by noon. A bird tally is kept monthly that is shared among participants.

Qualified Recycling Program

Published: 02:10PM August 10th, 2017

All proceeds from the Qualified Recycling Program on JBLM go back into Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs.

GO Transit

Published: 02:00PM July 13th, 2017

The DuPont route travels from Madigan Army Medical Center, through the Lewis Main Exchange on Pendleton Avenue and 41st Division Drive, along Pendleton Avenue, and out through the DuPont gate at Exit 119 to the city. The DuPont stop is located on Wilmington Drive in front of the Best Western Liberty Inn and across from the DuPont Sound Transit Center.

Fire Safety

Published: 12:00AM July 14th, 2017

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Directorate of Public Works’ air team directs people using fire pits on JBLM people only burn clean, dry wood or presto logs no greater than 3 feet in diameter and no higher than 3 feet. The burning of yard waste and garbage is not allowed.

JBLM Fire Dispatch

Published: 01:57PM July 13th, 2017

JBLM prescribed burn schedule is posted on the Sustainable JBLM Facebook page — Residents can report nuisance smoke by calling the JBLM Fire Dispatch office at 253-912-2049.

Directorate of Public Works

Published: 12:02PM June 15th, 2017

Rainwater harvesting describes a process in which precipitation that falls on a site is diverted, captured and stored for use on-site as opposed to allowing it to run off, evaporate or infiltrate into the soil. JBLM captures rooftop rainwater in above-ground cisterns for use in urinals and toilets and in underground cisterns for use in irrigation.

Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division

Published: 04:37PM June 21st, 2017

There are four environmental advisers on the installation, and they’re here to provide guidance on the procedures to issue, store and properly manage hazardous materials.

Environmental Warfighter

Published: 01:56PM May 18th, 2017

In March the Environmental Warfighter program had an opportunity to participate in the Taylor’s checkerspot release.

Directorate of Public Works

Published: 01:48PM May 18th, 2017

Biologists on JBLM are monitoring this small bird as a proxy for the endangered streaked horned lark so they can learn more about using the GPS technology before they are used on the endangered larks. The small birds were caught in a mist net, banded and released.

Northwestern Joint Regional Correctional Facility

Published: 02:23PM April 20th, 2017

“The Rocket” is an in-vessel composter, a self-contained, automated, agitating system to process food waste — including meat and dairy — and a welcome addition to the repertoire of projects on this working farm. It will be used by correctional facility staff and inmates to process dining facility food waste from the kitchen and uneaten leftovers from meals.


Published: 02:21PM April 20th, 2017

Teams of bicyclists across Joint Base Lewis-McChord are gearing up to win big prizes with Pierce Trips’ Bike Everywhere Challenge.

Western Air Defense Sector

Published: 01:28PM March 23rd, 2017

Command support is evident in the energy and commitment from the team that Guards America’s Skies and is just as passionately guarding America’s resources.

Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division

Published: 01:28PM March 23rd, 2017

This scavenger hunt is similar to geocaching but with a different twist, the Lakewood/JBLM Rocks Facebook page posts photos of the rocks when they are found and clues as to where to find them. No GPS or special equipment required.

JBLM Directorate of Public Works

Published: 12:01PM February 23rd, 2017

Joint Base Lewis-McChord has been a sustainability leader within the Department of Defense since 2001 with the inception of the Installation Sustainability Program.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Published: 12:00PM February 23rd, 2017

SEATTLE — Songwriting finalist performances and historical societies and other group’s displays kicked off the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Centennial commemoration Saturday through Monday.

JBLM Directorate of Public Works

Published: 12:00PM February 23rd, 2017

You’ve probably noticed it’s a little brighter as you drive around Joint Base Lewis-McChord at night. New LED streetlights are popping up all over the installation.

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.