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REPI in the News

Below is local and national media coverage for the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program. These news stories feature REPI partnerships that serve as an innovative way to address land use and resource challenges that threaten military readiness, while enhancing relationships with communities and preserving the environment.

All stories prior to 2020 are archived by year under "News."

April 2020

NC Coastal Federation Acquires Land with Bogue Sound View.  The Jacksonville Daily News (Jacksonville, NC) reports that nearly 77 acres of land on the Bogue Sound has been protected by the North Carolina Coastal Federation and Carteret County.  Funding for the acquisition of this land was provided through the Coastal Federation, the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund, the North Carolina General Assembly, The North Carolina Parks and Recreational Trust Fund, and the REPI Program.  The protection of this land will protect the mission at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue and allow for increased public access to the Bogue Sound.

USDA Invests Partner-Driven Projects That Protect Natural Resources in Georgia.  U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (Washington, DC) reports that The Georgia Conservancy has received a Regional Conservation Partnership Program award to protect up to 1,500 acres with conservation easements.  This land will then be managed to improve the longleaf pine ecosystem via prescribed fire.  This project additionally contributes to the goals of the Georgia Sentinel Landscape and the Georgia Gopher Tortoise Initiative.

The Conservation Fund Receives Two USDA Awards to Protect Strategically Located Agricultural Regions in Illinois and Alaska.  The Conservation Fund (Arlington, VA) reports that they have received two Regional Conservation Partnership Program awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service, one of which is going towards the Tanana River Watershed project in Alaska.  This project leverages the REPI authority to protect and maintain working lands and open space near Eielson Air Force Base.  This effort will help achieve watershed protection goals in the area, improving water and soil quality.

NRCS Partnership with The Conservation Fund, U.S. Air Force Invests Nearly $2.6 Million to Protect Wetlands Surrounding Eielson Air Force Base.  U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (Palmer, AK) reports that The Conservation Fund has received a $1.3 million Regional Conservation Partnership Program award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service to be matched with funds from The Conservation Fund and the U.S. Air Force for a project in Fairbanks, Alaska.  This project will utilize the REPI authority to protect critical wetlands adjacent to Eielson Air Force Base via conservation easements.

Protecting Open Space Around Camp Williams Benefits Nature, Agriculture, and Army National Guard Training.  ABC4 Utah (Utah County, UT) reports that 400 acres of working agricultural land has been protected thanks to the efforts of The Conservation Fund, the Utah Army National Guard, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.  The protection of this land, which is near Camp Williams, will prevent development that could be incompatible with the military mission.  Additionally, by preserving the natural land, local wildlife will also benefit.

Monday Close-up: Camp Williams Gets Funding for Land Preservation.  The Daily Herald (Provo, UT) reports that almost 400 acres of agricultural land near Camp Williams has been permanently protected by a partnership between the Utah National Guard, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Conservation Fund.  The protection of this land will protect Camp Williams from future incompatible development and also preserve a wildlife corridor used primarily by mule deer.

A Conservation Success Story: Protecting Utah Farmland, Wildlife and Camp Williams.  Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT) reports that the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced that a conservation easement has been placed on roughly 400 acres of farmland near Camp Williams.  NRCS has been working for three years with Camp Williams, The Conservation Fund, and the landowner to preserve this land in its current agricultural state and protect Camp Williams from the effects of potential development.

Community Partnerships Protect Forestland.  The Leader (Port Townsend, WA) reports that 51 acres of land have been conserved and added to the Northwest Watershed Institute’s Tarboo Wildlife Preserve.  This land was protected in perpetuity through a partnership between the Northwest Watershed Institute, Jefferson Land Trust, and the U.S. Navy.  The Tarboo Wildlife Preserve is part of the larger Tarboo Creek ecosystem and serves as a refuge for salmon.

February 2020

Three Rivers Land Trust Recognizes Fort Bragg Buffer Program with Conservation Award.  The Pilot (Southern Pines, NC) reports that the Fort Bragg U.S. Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) Program was named the Conservation Partner of the Year at the Three Rivers Land Trust 4th annual Conservation Awards on January 31. In 2019, the ACUB program helped protect two properties with conservation easements and continued to serve as a key partner to the Three Rivers Land Trust in conserving land in Moore County, North Carolina.

January 2020

Streaked Horned Larks Take Advantage of JBLM's Open Spaces.  The U.S. Army reports that the federally listed, streaked horned lark is using airfields at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) to nest and forage for food.  In order to protect this population of birds, the base limits training activities in areas where the birds are known to be nesting.  As a designated Sentinel Landscape, JBLM works with a variety of partners to promote working lands, protect wildlife species and habitat, and ensure military readiness at the base.

NCDA&CS Joins USDA and Air Force for Historic Conservation Partnership.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS) North Carolina (Raleigh, NC) reports that the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has partnered with USDA NRCS and the U.S. Air Force to acquire five conservation easements located beneath Seymour Johnson Air Force Base airspace within the Eastern North Carolina Sentinel Landscape.  These easements are the first to ever use funding from these sources at the state and federal levels and the first to utilize a streamlined approach to conservation restrictions.