Environment and Natural Resources Division Law and Legal Definition

The Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) is a litigating component of the U.S. Department of Justice that handles environmental and natural resources litigation on behalf of the U.S. The mission of the ENRD is to safeguard and enhance the American environment and to acquire and manage public lands and natural resources through litigation in the federal and state courts. It is also responsible for the acquisition of real property by eminent domain for the federal government, and brings and defends cases under wildlife protection laws.

The ENRD is supervised by Assistant Attorney General and s/he is assisted by four Deputy Assistant Attorney Generals, who supervise a different branch of the Division's sections each of which has its own unique areas of expertise. A Section Chief heads each section, assisted by one or more Deputy or Assistant Section Chiefs.