Army Compatible Use Buffer Program

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

Soldiers training at Fort A.P. Hill
Soldiers train at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia, one of the facilities helped by the Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) program.

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.



Forestland Around Fort Stewart In Georgia loblolly pine forest in Georgia

At more than 279,000 acres, Fort Stewart is the largest Army installation east of the Mississippi River. The Army Compatlible Use Buffer program allows Fort Stewart and Georgia Land Trust to partner with agencies and non-governmental organizations to share the cost of acquiring… Read More

Snead Farm Pumpkin picking at Snead Farm

In 2011, we helped with a land preservation agreement that permanently protects the 290-acres of Emmett Snead III’s pick-your-own style farm in eastern Virginia near Fredericksburg. Under this agreement, Snead Farm will continue to maintain its use as a working… Read More

Camden Farm Camden Farm

The Pratt family has lived at Camden Farm for seven generations. Today, John Pratt and his family live in the historic home on the property, which dates to 1859.  Much of the original house remains including furniture, draperies, carpeting, light… Read More

Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge Rappahannock River

The Rappahannock has been recognized as a river of national significance, providing freshwater to the Chesapeake Bay as well as habitat for globally rare plant species, regionally important fish populations, neotropical birds species and raptors.  The Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife… Read More


Reggie Hall
Reggie Hall Arlington, VA
(703) 525-6300

As Director of the Fund’s Land Conservation Loan Program, Reggie Hall works with land trusts, nonprofits, community partners and government leaders nationwide to save special places outdoors. When not saving land, Reggie is experiencing it—often on a bike, in running shoes, or otherwise suited up for adventure. He has a JD from Vermont Law School and a BA from Williams College.