Fort Indiantown Gap

Swatara Water Trail

Surface Water Characteristics in FTIG Watersheds:

Forge Creek Watershed


Indiantown Run Watershed


Manada Creek Watershed


Querg Run Watershed


Trout Run Watershed

Currently the largest employer in Lebanon County, the first land was bought in 1931 and first used by the National Guard in 1932.  Total acreage is now more than 16,000 acres.  A national cemetery is also housed at the Gap.

On 10 April 1931 Governor Gifford Pinchot bought some land for the National Guard.”  One of the reasons listed for this site selection was for “ample water supply.” In 1941, the Commonwealth leased the land to the Federal government as a training site for U.S. Army troops.  The Department of the Army (DA) assumed responsibility for maintenance and the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) became a tenant.  Until October 1, 1998, FIG was a DA Forces Command (FORSCOM) installation.

Over the last 70 years, FIG has been heavily utilized as a major training center for selected branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and has provided associated military support services.  Total area was in excess of 18,000 acres.  17,154 acres are in the current NGTC-FIG lease agreement.  1400  buildings were built.  FIG has been a mobilization resource for every armed conflict since World War II (WWII).  A hub of reserve component training, the site provided serve to 177,000 military and civilian personnel in 1997 due to its centralized location in the Mid-Atlantic region of the country.  Approximately 57,000 service members live within a 200-mile radius of FIG and have the opportunity to train at the site.  In addition, reduced travel and transportation funding in the National Guard increases the utilization of the site due to its central location.  The site is accessible to a large number of reserve component soldiers throughout the northeastern U.S., and is heavily used by these soldiers due to its suitability as a training site.  Environmental Impact Statement.  The Federal Mission is to augment the active Army and Air Force, in wartime and peace, in support of national interests worldwide.  The State mission is to protect lives and preserve property on order of the Governor during natural disasters and civil emergencies. 

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