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The Department of Defense's Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative (REPI) protects the Nation's military readiness, enhances relationships with communities, and preserves the environment. REPI funds cost-sharing partnerships for the military with state and local governments and private conservation organizations, as authorized by Congress in 2002 under section 2684a of title 10, United States Code. The partnerships obtain easements or other interests in land from willing sellers that preserve critical buffer areas near our military installations.

REPI projects have delivered multiple benefits and shown the power of innovative partnerships in the following ways:

  • Enhanced military readiness by limiting incompatible development near military installations
  • Protected valuable habitat and provided opportunities for endangered species recovery
  • Preserved open space, including working farms and forestland, that add value to surrounding communities
  • Strengthened military-community relationships and forged partnerships with new allies
  • Spurred collaboration with other federal land conservation programs and landscape-scale initiatives

For more information on REPI visit http://www.repi.mil

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