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The Department of Defense (DoD)’s REPI Program is a key tool for combating encroachment that can limit or restrict military training, testing, and operations.
The REPI Program protects these military missions by helping remove or avoid land-use conflicts near installations and addressing regulatory restrictions that inhibit military activities. The REPI Program is administered by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD).
Thirteen years of sustaining mission capabilities with REPI. The 2016 REPI Report to Congress is now available. through Fiscal Year 2015, REPI has protected 437,985 acres in 88 locations across 30 states.
To download the 2016 Report to Congress, please click here.
For information about REPI activities, DoD economic impact, and partnerships in states with REPI projects, download REPI's state fact sheets, available under the Resources tab.
The REPI Program is pleased to announce that Townsend Bombing Range (GA) is the fourth recipient of funding in the 2016 REPI Challenge cycle, joining Fort Huachuca (AZ), Fort Hood (TX), and NAS Patuxent River (MD). Partnerships at these locations will receive awards totaling $7.2 million in REPI Program funds which will be leveraged with almost $44 million in partner funding to protect 27,506 acres.
These projects demonstrated extraordinary stakeholder collaboration and will not only help protect military missions at three installations, but also will help to prevent the listing of candidate species, preserve and manage important natural resources, support working lands, provide benefits to Veterans, and open up recreational opportunities for local communities.
Since the REPI Challenge was initiated in 2012, $28 million in REPI Program funds have been leveraged with over $107 million in partner funding to protect over 92,000 acres around 10 installations.
For more information about the first round of award recipients, download the 2016 REPI Challenge fact sheet or contact the REPI Program office. To find information about past REPI Challenge projects, visit the REPI Challenge page.
The REPI Interactive Map is now available. It can be found under the Resources section of the website, or by going to www.REPImap.org.
Curious to know what it looks like? You can see a screenshot below of all 80 installations with REPI buffer partnerships across the U.S. Using the tool, you will also be able to change the mapping parameters to view all DoD (REPI and non-REPI) installations, installations by Service, and state policy options for supporting military installations and ranges. For more information, access the REPI Interactive Map page under the Resources section of the website.
Unusual Partnership at Joint Base Lewis McChord Supports Endangered Butterfly and Military Mission. A PBS News Hour segment featured the unique REPI partnership at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington that is helping to alleviate restrictions on artillery range training through reintroducing the endangered Taylor's checkerspot butterfly - with some unusual help. The Washington Department of Corrections, with assistance from JBLM, the Oregon Zoo, and other partners, have set up a lab at a women's minimum security prison to breed butterflies which are then released onto protected prairie habitat. By supporting efforts to help the Taylor's checkerspot butterfly recover, JBLM will maintain current training range capabilities and gain flexibility for future training activities.
Encroachment Mitigation at Buckley AFB helps Installation’s Bid for F-35 Fighter Jets. The Aurora Sentinel (Aurora, CO) reports that encroachment buffering projects funded by the REPI Program, the Trust for Public Land, the State of Colorado, and the city of Aurora are making Buckley AFB more competitive in the application process to receive the next round of F-35 Fighter Jets. One of the four primary categories 18 installations are being ranked on in the bid to host the Air Force's newest fighter evaluates how encroachment from development and other sources impacts or threatens to impact mission capability and flexibility. The REPI project funded at Buckley AFB will ultimately create a more than 1,000-acre buffer around the installation, and not only provide permanent protection against residential and commercial development but will be open to local residents for recreational use.
Hawaiian Farmland Preserved through Collaborative Effort. The Hawaii Army Weekly (Schofield Barracks, HI) reports that the REPI Program, the ACUB Program, and the State of Hawaii Legacy Land Conservation Program have recorded a Grant of Conservation Easement that permanently protects 468 acres of productive farmland in Kahuku on Oahu’s North Shore. The parcel is adjacent to the Army’s Kahuku Training Area, as well as military training flight paths, and will protect the Army’s training mission by preventing encroachment that can limit or restrict training activities.