DEPARTMENT OF LANDS AND NATURAL RESOURCES
The Department is
comprise of four (4) major functional Divisions. The Department has overall
legal mandate to administers planning, organization, budgeting, staffing,
monitoring, and evaluation of statutory and regulatory mandates on State land
system and distribution, managing thru and in collaboration with the Board of
Trustees on Public Lands , Board of Land Survey and Examiners, Soil and water
Conservation Council, Historic Preservation Board, and the Zoning Commission.
Generally, the Department administers and manages State's terrestrial
ecosystem---land, ocean, historic sites, parks, watershed areas, public lands,
lands use and zoning , flora and fauna, coastal resource management, and
marine natural resources within the State 12 miles zone, including the
prevention of environmental degradation of the watershed and coastal resource
management program and activities.
ON SURVEY AND MAPPING
manages statewide system of land information and records, cadastral survey and
mapping of private and public lands, and archival of land documents and
records, outsourcing of private surveying, survey and delineation of access
(right of ways), public infrastructure projects, certification and approval
of maps and survey documents on tracts, parcels, subdivisions, assignments,
stipulations, and improving environment for investment and business
start-up, business expansion and development.
ON FORESTRY AND MARINE ENFORCEMENT
the management and administration of 11 designated marine protected areas, 2
mangrove forests reserve areas, 1 biosphere reserve area, shoreline habitats,
state’s watershed areas. Enforces all State laws and rules involving State
lands, State Parks, historic sites, forest reserves, marine protected areas
and wildlife areas, coastal zones, Marine Sanctuaries, State shoreline
habitats, mooring areas, mangroves areas and camping and hiking areas and
parks. The division also enforces laws relating to endangered species, birds
nesting areas, birds hunting season and reef fishing of mandated species.