The U.S. Department of Defense is the third largest federal land managing agency.  U.S. military installations and facilities utilize 30 million acres of land, and the Army Corps of Engineers oversees thousands of civil works projects and the Clean Water Act 404 Regulatory Program.

U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force

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 testing abilities. 

We partner with military installations to combat encroachment, including preserving habitat through buffer projects, to provide supportive education, and to help with regional planning.  Our work frequently involves the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program to protect working landscapes and critical natural resources in a way that is compatible with the military mission.  The Military Services implement REPI funding through their own programs: Army Compatible Use Buffer Program, Navy Encroachment Management Program, Marine Corps Encroachment Management Program, and Air Force Encroachment Management Program.

fort-ap-hill-training-300x200Soldiers train at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia, one of the facilities helped by the Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) program.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

As the leading federal agency pursuing civil works projects ranging from flood control to ecosystem restoration, as well as overseeing the 404 Regulatory Program, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has a significant reach and impact on our nation’s natural resources and aquatic ecosystems, in particular. 

Reflective of our formal national partnership, we work with the Corps in various ways.  Our Conservation Leadership Network partners with the Corps, and other federal agencies, to provide annual training courses on mitigation banking, conservation banking, and in-lieu fee programs.  We also assist with the establishment and administration of several in-lieu fee and mitigation banks nationwide.  Drawing on our green infrastructure expertise and Strategic Conservation Planning work, our partnership with the Corps also includes coastal resiliency efforts through the public-private SAGE initiative, the Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition, and ongoing work at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

Projects

Preserving Habitat While Maintaining Military Readiness—Camp Williams, Utah

Preserving Habitat While Maintaining Military Readiness—Camp Williams, Utah

Protecting valuable habitat that surrounds our military installations is vital to both our national security and the species that...
Sax-Zim Bog

Sax-Zim Bog

The mix of spongy peat land and spruce forest that make up the Sax-Zim Bog in northern Minnesota, just...
Snead Farm

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...
Saginaw Bay Watershed Initative Network

Saginaw Bay Watershed Initative Network

The largest watershed in Michigan, Saginaw Bay is located between the thumb and forefinger of Michigan’s “mitten” on the...
Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Established in 1996, the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is the newest of four refuges that make...
Missouri River Restoration

Missouri River Restoration

Stretching more than 2,300 miles from Three Forks, Montana, to St. Louis, Missouri, where it joins the Mississippi River,...
Forestland Around Fort Stewart in Georgia

Forestland Around Fort Stewart in Georgia

At more than 279,000 acres, Fort Stewart is the largest Army installation east of the Mississippi River. The Army Compatible Use...
Conservation Banking on the Rise in Texas

Conservation Banking on the Rise in Texas

Conservation banking is experiencing unprecedented interest and demand across the country. A mitigation technique first popularized in California and...
Congaree Forest

Congaree Forest

Their mission has always been to protect and defend, but now five military installations are watching over something new:...
Camden Farm

Camden Farm

For the past 300 years, seven generations of the Pratt family have lived at Camden Farm on the banks...
Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

Over 400 years ago, Captain John Smith arrived in the New World—and changed it forever. In addition to helping...
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is often referred to as the “Everglades of the North.” Located in the Chesapeake Bay region,...
An Emerald Necklace for Los Angeles

An Emerald Necklace for Los Angeles

As one of the nation's largest metropolitan areas, the Los Angeles region should be a recognized leader in park...
Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition

Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition

The Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition supports the vision of multiple values in conserving a connected green infrastructure network in...

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