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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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February 2023

Grant Awarded for Shoreline Restoration at Quantico
Inside Nova (Washington, DC) reports that through the 2023 REPI Challenge, the Northern Virginia Regional Commission has received $286,000 towards shoreline restoration and flood mitigation projects at Marine Corps Base Quantico. Among the 13 recipients was the Northern Virginia commission for its proposal to resolve flooding and erosion issues at Quantico. The REPI Challenge project will improve the resilience of the base along with the stream and shoreline habitats of the installation’s boundary.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (Trenton, NJ) reports that it will receive $995,000 from the Department of Defense (DOD)’s 2023 REPI Challenge to reduce wildfire risk in the areas surrounding Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Warren Grove Range, Naval Weapons Station Earle, and Sea Girt National Guard Training Facility. Funding will be used to construct a strategic firebreak adjacent to the Warren Grove Gunnery Range in Bass River State Forest, with project work expected to begin in April 2023. Additional REPI funds will go toward the Greenwood Triangle Forest Fuels Maintenance Project in Brendan T. Byrne State Forest and Greenwood Forest Wildlife Management area. “The Murphy Administration is grateful to our federal partners for this grant funding, which will help us mitigate the increased risk of wildfires that are one of the many adverse impacts of climate change in New Jersey,” said Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette.
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Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (Honolulu, HI) reports that as part of the 2023 REPI Challenge, Marine Corps Base Hawai’i has partnered with the State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources and other key partners to support an $8.7 million to manage invasive species and perpetuate the water resources of O’ahu by protecting and enhancing native ecosystems. The 2023 REPI Challenge in Hawaiʻi has contributed $10 million in REPI Program funds, to be coupled with $18.5 million in partner contributions. The 2023 REPI Challenge projects in Hawaiʻi will preserve and protect cultural, natural, and land resources on the windward side of Oahu and across the state near three other Hawaiʻi-based installations - Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands, Pōhakuloa Training Area, and U.S. Army Garrison - Hawaiʻi.
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January 2023

MauiNow (Maui, HI) reports that Congressman Ed Case announced a combined total of $10 million in federal funding from the Department of Defense (DOD) to implement four natural resource conservation projects under DOD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program. The funds will be matched with $18.5 million in private partner contributions to work towards improving coastal, forest and watershed resilience on military-utilized lands and nearby communities.
The Maui News (Maui, HI) reports that through the REPI Program, $2.9 million in federal funds will go toward increasing the resilience of endangered wildlife on Lanai, Hawai’i. These funds are a portion of a combined $10 million coming from the Department of Defense (DOD) to implement four natural resource conservation projects under DOD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program for restoration and recovery projects on O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, and Hawai‘i Island.
The Airforce Times (Vienna, VA) features how the Readiness Environmental Protection Integration, also known as the REPI Program, is leading efforts to combat encroachment that can limit or restrict military training, testing, and operations at installations and ranges across the country. Congress, recognizing the impending threat of encroachment to military readiness, gave the Department of Defense authority to enter into cost-sharing agreements with state and local governments and conservation organizations to promote military readiness and prevent encroachment from development pressures. The Department achieves this through the REPI Program which prioritizes the conservation of open space and working lands near DoD bases. Each year more installations seek to utilize the REPI Program to relieve the rapidly rising pressures of nearby development.