Navy, Marines Take Advantage of DOD Encroachment Program
The Navy and Marine Corps have combined funds from their operating budgets, the Pentagon’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative (REPI) and local partners to limit incompatible development on property surrounding their installations.
In fiscal 2011, the Marine Corps acquired restrictive easements on more than 3,349 acres, spending $3.4 million in federal funds and $3.6 million provided by local partners, including states, local governments and conservation groups, according to the written testimony Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, the Navy’s assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment, submitted for a March 7 hearing of the House Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee.
The Navy obtained restrictive easements on 1,908 acres in FY 2011, spending $9.4 million in federal funds and $6.4 million provided by local partners.
To date, the Marines have acquired restrictive easements on 33,862 acres with $50.8 million in REPI and Marine Corps funding, and $55.7 million from local partners. The Navy has obtained easements on 9,851 acres with $28.4 million in REPI and Navy funding, and $35.5 million from local partners.
In addition to preventing development that could interfere with military missions, these cost-sharing partnerships preserve critical habitat near installations that can relieve training restrictions. Pfannenstiel’s testimony is available on the committee’s website.