Urban and suburban development can be problematic for military installations nationwide as incompatible land uses—primarily residential developments—close to an installation’s boundary can limit training and other military operations.
The Army Compatible Use Buffer Program (ACUB) program identifies priority land around installations and allows military facilities to partner with agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to share the cost of acquiring conservation easements from willing landowners. Under a conservation easement, the landowner retains ownership of the land and the ability to maintain its current use, while limiting future land use and development options. We offer the technical assistance and guidance to make these complicated conservation transactions happen.
Fort A.P. Hill
At nearly 76,000 acres, Fort A.P. Hill is one of the largest military installations on the East Coast, partially located in Caroline County, the third fastest growing county in Virginia. We’ve been working with Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia Outdoors Foundationand landowners around the base to create land preservation agreements that guarantee landowners will keep their land while ensuring future development will not impact training at Fort A.P. Hill.