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).
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Thank you to everyone who joined us for our June 17 webinar, Leveraging GIS to Identify New Partnership Opportunities! If you were not able to tune in, you can view a recording of the webinar here.
Please join us for our next webinar, Sentinel Landscapes Partnership 2020 Accomplishments, on Wednesday, July 29, at 1 PM ET. Click here for detailed instructions on how to participate in this webinar.
Click here to view the entire 2020 REPI Webinar Schedule. Visit our Webinar page for a more detailed explanation of each event in the series.
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 releases a monthly newsletter covering the latest activities, upcoming partner events, media coverage, and training opportunities. All newsletter editions can be found on the Newsletter page. The most recent edition is May 2020.
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Seventeen years of sustaining mission capabilities with REPI. The 2020 REPI Report to Congress is now available. Through Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, the REPI Program has protected 688,258 acres in 109 locations across 33 states. More information on the Program's accomplishments to-date is available in the 2020 Report. To download the 2020 Report to Congress, please click here.
Florida to Buy 17K Acres of Timberland. The Apalachicola Times (Apalachicola, FL) reports that 17,080 acres of timberlands have been permanently protected by the state of Florida. With the help of The Nature Conservancy, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Forever Program, and the Air Force, this land will be protected in perpetuity from commercial and residential development. This land connects St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, Tate’s Hell State Forest, Bald Point State Park, and Alligator Harbor Aquatic Refuge and will provide public recreational opportunities and habitat for rare and endangered species, while remaining compatible with the Air Force’s flight operations in the area. To learn more about this project, see The Nature Conservancy’s press release here.
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DoD leadership and the SMR Planning Committee have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 SMR Conference planned for August 10-13 in San Antonio, TX. Given the continued developments of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), public health guidance, and the uncertainty of future travel restrictions, we feel this is the most appropriate course of action. We are committed to the health and well-being of conference attendees and the community as a whole, and are working to reschedule the conference in the summer of 2022 to provide the experience you expect in a safe environment.
The Grand Hyatt San Antonio will be doing a group cancellation for anyone who already booked their hotel rooms through the official room block in anticipation of the conference; you should receive a cancellation email once this is complete. Please be certain you receive this cancellation notification so you do not incur any unintended costs.
We look forward to hosting this key forum to explore the interdisciplinary nature of preserving and enhancing military capabilities at a future date. Thank you for understanding and stay safe.
America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative has announced the release of their Fiscal Year 2019 Accomplishments Report, which outlines over 1.7 million acres of accomplishments (including activities such as land protection, longleaf establishment, and prescribed burning), demonstrating that the partners of America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative are continuing the momentum of the last 10 years by positively impacting rural economies, national defense, imperiled species, recreation, and forest resiliency.
Over 700,000 acres of longleaf pine exist on military installations and ranges, and continued recovery and stewardship of the longleaf pine ecosystem benefits national defense by protecting compatible lands adjacent to essential training and testing activities, preserving natural environments that support realistic training conditions, mitigating risks against wildfires through the use of controlled burns, and recovering threatened and endangered species to ease regulatory restrictions on mission capabilities.
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Click here to watch Sentinel Landscapes now! Directed by award-winning filmmakers, this short- documentary tells the inspirational stories of the farmers, ranchers, conservationists, and military bases that are working together under the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership to create a more sustainable future. Founded in 2013 by the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Department of the Interior, the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership works across conventional boundaries to strengthen military readiness, conserve natural resources, and bolster agricultural economies. To download the short documentary, click here. To learn more, visit the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership website.
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.