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 on October 9th for our webinar titled, “Measuring Impacts: Developing Mission Benefit Metrics.”To view a recording of the webinar, please click here.
Please join us on November 20th from 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET for our next webinar titled, "REPI and the Farm Bill." For more information, including detailed instructions on how to join the event, 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.
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.
The REPI Program is excited to announce that the 2020 Sustaining Military Readiness (SMR) Conference website is live and registration is coming soon! The 2020 SMR Conference will take place on August 11-13, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas at the Grand Hyatt Hotel and is free for all attendees. The 2020 SMR Conference will provide a forum for the DoD and its partners to discuss opportunities to advance the 2018 National Defense Strategy through partnerships and planning. The conference is sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and is expected to attract nearly 1,000 guests from the DoD, Military Services, state and local governments, non-governmental organizations, and other federal agencies. Throughout the event, attendees will hear from prominent leaders, network with colleagues, and participate in immersive workshops.
Visit our website today to sign up for the SMR Conference listserv and learn more about this exciting opportunity!
The REPI Program is pleased to announce Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay as one of the recipients of the 2019 REPI Challenge award! This year, the REPI Challenge focused on promoting coastal resilience and proactively protecting at-risk species to relieve environmental restrictions on military testing, training, or operations particularly capabilities outlined in the National Defense Strategy. The Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay project will leverage $8 million in REPI Challenge funds and $32.3 million in partner contributions to protect more than 11,000 acres of coastal land, thereby preserving marsh and tidal lands integral to the absorption of storm surge. This project will also contribute to the Georgia Gopher Tortoise Conservation Initiative and support the Georgia Sentinel Landscape by improving fire management, restoring longleaf pine habitats, promoting coastal resilience, and mitigating maritime and airspace operational conflicts.
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.