U.S. Department Of Defense

As the third largest federal land managing agency, the U.S. Department of Defense is faced with an urgent need to develop compatible land use partnerships to protect working landscapes and critical natural resources while reducing encroachment threats and maintaining the military mission.  Successful communication and collaboration with local communities near military installations and ranges are essential for maintaining military readiness and the economic benefits of military activities in local communities.

The Conservation provides an array of services to the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the military that promote compatible land use, reduce encroachment and achieve multiple benefits that link landscapes and missions.

Click here for a list of projects the Fund has worked on as part of the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program (REPI).

Our Approach: Promoting Compatible Use

A key to the development of compatible land use partnerships is to visualize planning issues at a regional scale and formulate local action plans where communities can effectively communicate and collaborate with neighboring military installations.  The Fund has provided mapping and planning support to the Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPPAS) regional projects, developed a strategic assessment of protection opportunities near Fort A.P. Hill, and convened a compatible land use workshop at Fort Stewart in partnership with the National Association of Counties. 

Army Compatible Use Buffer Program (ACUB) 
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.

One of our programs with the Dept. of Defense is the ACUB which identifies priority land around installations and allows facilities and bases to partner with agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to share the cost of acquiring conservation easements from willing landowners on surrounding lands.  Our projects have helped farmers save their land and protected historically significant sites Virginia. Learn more about our efforts with the ACUB >>


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