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Natural Resource Management

NASA’s global work on space exploration and aeronautic research predominately occurs on its 13 Centers and Facilities located throughout the United States. These facilities are also home to plants, animals, and the natural elements that support them including soil, air, water, and geological features. These natural resources are managed by multi-disciplined teams of experts executing NASA’s commitment to conservation, preservation, sustainability, and regulatory compliance.

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NASA Natural Resource Components

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) bringing fish back to a nest site at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Desert Tortoise at Armstrong Flight Research Center

Endangered and Threatened Species

Attwater’s Prairie Chicken (APC) is actually a grouse native only to Texas and Louisiana.

NASA Initiatives

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — This molting great egret is in its natural habitat in the tall grass on NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The undeveloped property on Kennedy Space Center is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge provides a habitat for a plethora of wildlife, including 330 species of birds. For information on the refuge, visit

Floodplains and Wetlands

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Bald Eagle

Regulatory Drivers

sea ice

Global Climate Change

Sea Turtle swimming at KSC

IUCN Red List Site


UNESCO World Heritage Site