Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative (REPI)
Responding to encroachment pressures such as sprawl, environmental regulations and competition for land, airspace and water, the Department of Defense (DoD) asked Congress for authorization to address the challenges it faced to readiness and training.
The FY2003 National Defense Authorization Act authorized the Military Services (Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force) to enter into agreements with private conservation organizations like TPL to acquire conservation or restrictive-use easements and other interests in land in the vicinity of military installations such as bases, posts and forts.
The Army's program is called the Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) program, which is carried out through the use of cooperative agreements with partners to conserve prioritized buffer areas. The Navy and Marine Corps program called Encroachment Partnering (EP), through which the Navy or Marine Corps obtains a restricted use or conservation easement. The Air Force is developing collaborative planning and partnerships as part of an overall planning effort to deal with encroachment treats.
Compatible land use partnerships are an increasingly important tool for DoD to protect military bases and ranges. Learn more about this important program here.