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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 Sentinel Landscapes Partnership has announced the designation of Avon Park Air Force Range (AFR), Fla., Camp Ripley, Minn., and Eastern North Carolina as the newest Sentinel Landscapes. These designations officially recognize the role that working lands and natural resources play in sustaining the military missions of installations and ranges, and the long-term health of communities.
The locally-led partnerships at Avon Park AFR, Camp Ripley, and Eastern North Carolina have already achieved impressive advances towards protecting historic working lands and important natural resources while buffering their installations and ranges from encroachment. Now, each Sentinel Landscape will work to achieve the desired end states outlined by each local implementation team in a more coordinated, streamlined manner that leverages each partner’s expertise and resources.
For more information about the newly designated landscapes and the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership, please go to www.sentinellandscapes.org. Read the DoD news story here.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced that longleaf pine forests and ecosystems across the Southeast will receive $4.3 million in funding for restoration activities in 2016 through the NFWF's Longleaf Stewardship Fund.
"DoD is proud to work with our partners in the Longleaf Stewardship Fund," said Peter Potochney, performing the duties of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Energy, Installations and Environment). "The collective efforts to restore the longleaf pine ecosystem helps the military conduct its test and training missions by providing natural buffer areas around its installations and preventing these lands from converting to incompatible land uses. Additionally, healthy longleaf pine forests across the Southeast provide habitat for imperiled species that are either currently protected under the Endangered Species Act or might become listed, creating additional training restrictions for our men and women in uniform. By partnering with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, approximately $8 will be spent by our partners for every dollar DoD spends. This effort will result in establishing more than 14,800 acres of longleaf and enhancing an additional 230,000 acres, and directly benefiting 10 military installations."
For more information, read the press release.
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.
NAS Patuxent River-Atlantic Test Ranges Protects 5,000 Acres through REPI. Southern Maryland Online (Patuxent River, MD) reports that NAS Patuxent River and the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division's (NAWCAD) Atlantic Test Ranges (ATR) have achieved a major milestone by protecting 5,000 acres beneath the airspace. Since 2010, NAS Patuxent River and the Atlantic Test Ranges have been partnering with communities and conservation organizations under the DoD's Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program. By maintaining compatible land use and preserving habitat where the military tests, trains and operates, REPI partnerships in this area not only protect and preserve the open land required for critical military activities, but also provide benefits to the local environment and community. NAS Patuxent River-Atlantic Test Ranges also received the Sentinel Landscape designation in 2015.
More Military Bases Join 'Sentinel Landscapes' for Readiness Enhancement. DoD News (Arlington, VA) reports that Avon Park Air Force Range, Camp Ripley, and Eastern North Carolina have joined Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Fort Huachuca, and NAS Patuxent River-Atlantic Test Ranges as designated Sentinel Landscapes. The Sentinel Landscapes Partnership, which includes the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Defense, and the Interior, aims to strengthen military readiness by preserving local agriculture, natural resources, and wildlife habitat.
Land Trust Buys Acreage Near MCAS Cherry Point. The Coastal Review Online (Newport, NC) reports that the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust has purchased 302 acres of forested land along Mill Creek, near MCAS Cherry Point. In addition to its conservation value, the property provides a buffer for the military flight path that leads to the main runways at MCAS Cherry Point.