Our Mission

The mission of the Branch of Environmental Services (BES) is to work with Tribes to protect, develop, manage and enhance American Indian and Alaska Native environmental resources by providing technical assistance, service and support to Tribes and through administration of federal laws and regulations.

Who We Serve

The Branch of Environmental Services works with Tribes, BIA Regions, as well as other programs within Indian Affairs and throughout the federal government to implement the Bureau’s Environmental Services program.

The Branch administers federal laws and programs related to environmental compliance and restoration on Tribal trust land, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Program (NRDAR).

The Branch also creates policy and provides oversight for sustainability and environmental compliance throughout the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Services We Provide


About the Branch of Environmental Services

The Branch of Environmental Services is one of the three branches of the Division of Environmental Services and Cultural Resources Management within the Office of Trust Services. The BIA Central Office is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Central Office Personnel:

Sherry Kircher / Acting Chief, Branch of Environmental Services

Stephen Scott Haskie / Staff Assistant