Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton occupies approximately 125,000 acres, with more than 17 miles of coastline, in northwestern San Diego County. Less than 20% developed, Camp Pendleton stands as an ecological buffer between the heavily urbanized areas that abut the northern and southern borders of the Base. Within Camp Pendleton, tidal estuaries, riparian corridors, coastal plains, rolling hills and canyons, and mountains that rise in elevation to 2,700 feet above sea level provide essential habitat for over 1,100 species of flora and fauna, to include 18 federally listed threatened and endangered species and a free roaming herd of bison.
A diverse array of training occurs within this natural setting to promote the combat readiness of the Marines and other military personnel who call Camp Pendleton home. Camp Pendleton is the only West Coast military installation where comprehensive air, sea, and ground assault training is routinely executed. Camp Pendleton’s environmental programs work in support of the military training mission and seek, through proper management, to protect and sustain the Marine Corps continued ability to train on lands that are vital to National defense. By complying with environmental requirements and effectively stewarding the resources in its care, Camp Pendleton can help to ensure that the training opportunities, resources, and landscapes enjoyed by today’s Marine will be available for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.
CG's Environmental Policy Letter