MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT
PARRIS ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA
Welcome to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island. Reception and training of recruits in field and combat skills is the mission of MCRD Parris Island. Schools are also provided to train drill instructors and field staff, and to conduct rifle marksmanship training for Marines and other services as requested. Graduations are held every Friday as each group finishes its training programs.

Parris Island itself is an area of maritime forests, pine stands, salt shrub thickets and brackish and saltwater marsh totaling 8080 acres. Five Creeks run through the island, which has one pond, and is bordered by the Broad and Beaufort Rivers, The Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Office manages forestry practices, wildlife, and has developed an award-winning recycling program. Two Watchable Wildlife areas have been established along Pollock Causeway on Horse Island. Many exciting water birds can be found, including roseate spoonbills and the endangered bald eagle and wood stork. Alligators are also to be expected!

Although most of Parris Island is open to the public, some areas are off-limits. For information, contact the Natural Resources Office at 803-525-2779.

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MARINE CORPS NATURAL RESOURCES
AND LAND MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

The Navy and Marine Corps manage more than four million acres worldwide. Much of this land is located in sensitive wetlands along valuable coastlines some of the most ecologically significant areas in the world. The location of our real estate holdings makes it imperative that we plan and execute our various military missions in harmony with our environment. It is a Department of the Navy goal to promote an environmental ethic within the Marine Corps workforce.

The Department of the Navy supports numerous partnerships with other Federal, State, local and private resource groups to promote such programs as the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation, Wetlands Protection and Enhancement, and Watchable Wildlife.

To succeed in its mission, and to earn public confidence, the Marine Corps must emphasize natural resources stewardship in every aspect of its land use. It does. Come see for yourself and discover our resources.

AMERICAN ALLIGATOR

The U.S. Marine Corps and Partners in Flight are cooperating on an international program to promote the conservation of migratory birds. For information, contact DoD Partners in Flight by email or call 540-349-9662.

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