The Department of Defense’s Environmental Preparedness and Protection Integration (REPI) program helps counties mitigate the complications that arise from managing relationships with nearby military installations.
With approximately 500 counties hosting at least one military installation, the ground is fertile for intergovernmental cooperation on compatible land use, conservation, habitat and natural resource management, and climate resilience. Maryland is home to 11 military bases for every branch of the military except the Marine Corps and Space Force. Camp David, the United States Naval Academy, Andrews Air Force Base, Fort Meade, and NAS Patuxent River are just a few of these facilities across the state. Relationships between county governments and these facilities can be very complex, and the Department of Defense seeks to provide resources to help manage these intergovernmental relationships.
The National Association of Counties (NACo) recently wrote an article about how REPI seeks to help counties succeed in their interactions with the military:
Department of Defense Environmental Preparedness and Protection Integration (REPI) Program Mitigates Land, Water, and Digital Encroachment Near Facilities and Addresses Resource Concerns resources and climate resilience for surrounding communities through partnerships between and among local governments and federal agencies. REPI’s Sentinel Landscape Partnership was founded by the Departments of Defense, Interior, and Agriculture to coordinate 10 key landscapes for communities that host military installations.
“These are really opportunities for us to work more effectively with the states they’re in, local communities, private landowners, conservation partners and others,” said REPI program director Kristen Thomasgard.
“We often work with hundreds of partners – agencies dedicated to different programs to help protect and ensure compatible land uses – farms, forests, ranches, open spaces – helping to help manage natural resources, then mitigate the impacts of climate change and help ensure the long-term resilience of our communities and facilities,” she said. The program currently has 118 projects underway in 35 states and territories, totaling 830,000 acres of land preservation.
Read the full NACo article to learn more about REPI.
Read more about REPI on the Department of Defense website.