New York, NY – September 12, 2012 - Department of Defense 2013 Readiness
and Environmental Protection Initiative (REPI) Challenge may provide up to
$5 million in additional FY13 funding for land transaction(s) in selected
states that limit incompatible development in the vicinity of these military
bases or relieve current or anticipated environmental restrictions on military
testing, training, or operations.
This is the second round of funding for the REPI Challenge Program, which
seeks to encourage conservation at greater scale, and ideally, the use of new
and diverse sources of funding. Innovative partnerships that bring new ways of
thinking to the REPI process are strongly encouraged; governments,
corporations, private investors, and conservation groups are welcome
to participate in this process.
The pre-proposal form for the Department of Defense 2013 Readiness and
Environmental Protection Initiative (REPI) Challenge is now available. Interested parties may download the fillable
or via email by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for submissions is 8 p.m. EDST, October 15, 2012. Read the full Request for Proposals here.
REPI helps fund partnerships between the Military Services and private
conservation groups and state and local governments to address the need for
compatible land use and conserved natural landscapes in support of military
readiness. REPI has a long and
successful history of partnerships around the country. However, the challenges
of conserving the large acreages necessary to adequately buffer military bases
threatened by near‐term incompatible development remain daunting. For this
reason, the REPI staff now seeks proposals that will help accelerate land
conservation efforts through innovative partnerships and financing.
In particular, the REPI program seeks to harness the creativity of the
private sector to access and leverage unconventional sources of funding,
attract additional philanthropic sources, and take advantage of market‐based
approaches to secure the most land at the least cost. Select installations in
the 23 states, including around Fort Drum in New York, have been identified as
eligible location for this pilot program.
The 2012 REPI Challenge resulted in the Georgia Land Trust receiving $4.5
million in REPI funds to purchase 5,508 acres in Georgia’s Ft. Stewart’s
Priority Area 1, where potential changes in current land use would have the
most significant negative effect on training operations. This single
transaction protected 24% of Stewart’s Priority 1 Area and when combined with earlier
projects resulted in a grand total of 74% of the most critical areas being
protected from incompatible uses. This tract is located between two
rapidly-growing communities, and the potential for development represented a
significant threat to Ft. Stewart’s military operations. The REPI award was
matched by $5.5 million in cash contributions and bargain sale value from the
The US Endowment for Forests and Communities is managing
the grant application process. The Open
Space Institute was involved in the design and implementation of Round I.
Executive Vice President
Open Space Institute