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).
Thank you for joining us for the REPI Webinar titled, "Leveraging the New REPI Installation Resiliency Authority," which took place on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. For a link to the recording of this webinar, please click here.
Please join us on Wednesday July 10, 2019 from 1:00 PM ET - 2:30 PM ET for the next REPI Webinar titled, "How to Obtain Regulatory Relief for Endangered Species Without Purchasing a Real Estate Interest." For detailed instructions on how to join the webinar, please visit our Webinar page.
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.
Sixteen years of sustaining mission capabilities with REPI. The 2019 REPI Report to Congress is now available. Through Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, the REPI Program has protected 586,665 acres in 106 locations across 33 states. More information on the Program's accomplishments to-date is available in the 2019 Report. To download the 2019 Report to Congress, please click here.
During the 2019 Association of Defense Communities (ADC) Installation Innovation Forum in Miami, FL, ADC recognized Naval Weapons Station (NWS) Earle as a '2019 Innovator' due to its state-of-the-art approach to sustaining the military mission and promoting defense-based economic development. NWS Earle recently partnered with Monmouth County to acquire conservation easements on 2,000 acres around the base, thereby reducing the risk of encroachment from incompatible development. Furthermore, this project encourages sustainable natural resource management, reduces sedimentation and storm water runoff, and protects local watersheds. The REPI Program participated in a session at the Installation Innovation Forum with our partners at NWS Earle to discuss best practices for enhancing installation resilience through REPI projects.
On November 1, 2018 the REPI Program received the 2018 Champion of the Chesapeake award from the Chesapeake Conservancy. The REPI Program was honored for its creative approach to conserve habitat and biodiversity across a 385,000-mile corridor in the Chesapeake.
The REPI Program's innovative partnership with the Chesapeake Conservancy demonstrates a model for successful landscape-scale conservation, with the goal of linking protected lands and creating a contiguous corridor of 18,300 acres by the end of 2018. This corridor will sustain military readiness, create recreational opportunities for nearby communities, and preserve the natural and cultural significance of the landscape.
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.