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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.

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March 2021

Working-Lands Pilot Targets Grazing Lands.  The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources reports that the they have approved a new pilot program designed to incentivize landowners to protect grasslands vital to habitat and water quality.  The program allows for landowners to generate income off their property while protecting and improving natural resources.  The Mississippi Headwaters program director for The Nature Conservancy and Camp Ripley Sentinel Landscape Coordinator, stated that this approach started with the Camp Ripley Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) program.  The ACUB program purchased development rights through permanent conservation easements to minimize encroachment within a 3-mile radius of Camp Ripley.

January 2021

Congress Continues to Affirm That Climate Security is National Security.  Union of Concerned Scientists (Washington, DC) reports that at the end of 2020 Congress voted to override the president’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which includes four provisions that will strengthen the Department of Defense’s climate resilience approach.  One of the four provisions authorize an additional $25 million to the REPI program.

Partnership Conserves 318 Acres in Dorchester County.  Chesapeake Conservancy (Annapolis, MD) reports that a partnership between the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy, REPI program, The Conservation Fund, and Chesapeake Conservancy resulted in the successful conservation of 318 acres in the Nanticoke Rural Legacy Area on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  This easement will prevent development in this zone which may have otherwise disrupted Naval Air Station Patuxent River training as well as negatively impacted the diverse plant and wildlife habitat and farmland in the area.

Navy Region Southeast Installation Receive Encroachment Protection Funds. The Navy Press Office reports that three Florida Navy installations received over $4 million in REPI funding for buffer projects.  Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville received $2.4 million, NAS Whiting Field received $1.5 million, and NAS Pensacola received $179,000 to help prevent incompatible development around each base which may hinder mission training.  The easements also support local landowners who can continue to use their land for farming without disruption from development.