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).
Fifteen years of sustaining mission capabilities with REPI. The 2018 REPI Report to Congress is now available. Through Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, REPI has protected 516,413 acres in 93 locations across 31 states. More information on the Program's accomplishments to-date is available in the 2018 Report.
To download the 2018 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 excited to announce the winners of the 2018 REPI Challenge: Fort Benning and Fort Huachuca. Ft. Benning, Georgia, hosts the Army’s Maneuver School of Excellence, home to five types of infantry: mechanized, light, airborne, air assault, and ranger. Ensuring the ability of these elite troops to train is a top priority for the Army. A $3,675,000 award from the 2018 REPI Challenge Program will help do just that. The Nature Conservancy and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources will use the funds to acquire a conservation easement on a 7,051 acre parcel adjacent to the post, permanently protecting the land from potential incompatible development that might one day impede the Department of Defense mission there.
Further west, at Arizona’s Fort Huachuca, a $1,112,250 REPI Challenge Program award will enable partners including the Arizona Land and Water Trust and potentially the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to place a conservation easement on an 1,150 acre parcel. Protecting this land will reduce competition for scarce water resources in the San Pedro River Watershed by curtailing plans to drill more than 200 new wells for proposed housing developments. Conserving this land will also allow continued military testing and training at Fort Huachuca. A water supply and use assessment will be conducted to identify water conservation activities on the property that complement natural and working lands in the region.
For additional information, review this year's REPI Challenge fact sheet.
The REPI Story Map is a new tool intended to provide a REPI 101 briefing to audiences unfamiliar with the Program. The Story Map outlines the history, maturation, and growth of the REPI Program and its suite of tools, and contextualizes where the activities have occurred through tandem use of the REPI Interactive Map.
The REPI Story Map, shown below, is available through the REPI Story Map section of the website or at REPImap.org/storymap.
The REPI Interactive Map is now available. It can be found under the Resources section of the website, or by going to 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.
522 in Charles County Slated for New Wildlife Management Area. Southern Maryland Online (Annapolis, MD) reports that on February 21, the Board of Public Works unanimously approved a Maryland Department of Natural Resources acquisition of 522 acres in Charles County for the development of a new Wildlife Management Area. The acquisition was leveraged with funds from the DoD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program (REPI) and will protect ecologically-sensitive habitat such as wetlands and woodlands, while providing an excellent location for recreational activities.
How the Military Helps Protect Natural Landscapes. The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) Blog reports that following its designation as a Sentinel Landscape, Fort Huachuca and its surrounding communities have evolved into an area that supports natural resource sustainability and protects military and testing activities. One issue area that the Sentinel Landscape has focused its attention on is water; Fort Huachuca and its surrounding communities have faced a historical battle with water scarcity. Located in the Arizona dessert, water scarcity has been an ongoing concern for the Fort, with operations requiring groundwater resources to support its infrastructure and employee population. The USDA Forest Service Cooperative Forestry Program helps mitigate this challenge by providing technical assistance and support for wetlands restoration and protected species. With the help of the USDA, and through the framework of the Sentinel Landscape Partnership, the Fort has reduced its groundwater usage by nearly two-thirds. Furthermore, the Sentinel Landscape has taken strides to support working ranches and restore critical habitats surrounding the military installation.