Sikes Act

The Sikes Act directs the Secretary of Defense, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state fish and wildlife agencies, to carry out a program for the conservation and rehabilitation of natural resources on military installations. The Sikes Act allows for the sustainable, multipurpose use of natural resources subject to military security and safety requirements.

Relevant provisions:

The Sikes Act of 1960 provided for cooperation by the Departments of the Interior and Defense, along with state fish and wildlife agencies, in planning, development, and maintenance of fish and wildlife resources on military installations throughout the United States. The Act also authorized the collection of hunting and fishing fees on military lands and directed the Department of Defense to expend such fees in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

Implementation:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, acting on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior, implements the Sikes Act through its Endangered Species and Habitat and Resource Conservation programs.

Date Enacted
Citation
16 U.S.C. 670a-670o
Related Programs
The Fish and Aquatic Conservation program leads aquatic conservation efforts for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We are committed to tackling the nation’s highest priority aquatic conservation and recreational challenges to conserve, restore, and enhance fisheries for future generations.
We foster collaborative partnerships with the Department of Defense to promote conservation on military lands. Working under the authority of the Sikes Act, we offer guidance and field support for the conservation and management of fish and wildlife resources on military installations while...