Base is one of just three to be awarded 2016 REPI Challenge Cycle
The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County and the Navy’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program are proud to announce that NAS Patuxent River – Atlantic Test Range has received formal designation as a Sentinel Landscape. NAS Pax River is only one of three recipients (out of 8 finalists nationwide) to be awarded funding in the 2016 REPI Challenge cycle.
The Sentinel Landscape Partnership is a nationwide federal, local and private collaboration dedicated to promoting natural resource sustainability in areas surrounding military installations. The Partnership identifies opportunities that benefit national defense, local economies, and the conservation of natural resources. The REPI Program allows the Military Services to enter into unique cost-sharing partnerships with state and local governments and private conservation organizations to preserve compatible land uses around military installations and to conserve natural landscapes in support of military readiness. The REPI program has protected over 437,000 acres of land around 88 DoD installations in 30 states across the country.
“We are pleased that Pax River has landed this honor,” said Commissioner President Randy Guy. “Everyone in county government, the Navy, and all of our partners recognize the importance of collaboration to ensure that Pax River and its mission are protected.”
In the Chesapeake Bay region, NAS Patuxent River is the Navy’s premier aircraft research, development, test, and evaluation area. Protecting lands beneath its Atlantic Test Ranges reduces noise and safety concerns, prevents costly testing delays, and protects one of the most vulnerable wildlife corridors along which are home to more than 260 rare plants and animals.
“This award is indicative of how St. Mary’s County Government continues to promote and nurture the working relationship we have with the Navy,” said Commissioner Todd Morgan (4th District).
St. Mary’s County is pleased to have partnered with Southern Maryland Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) in this endeavor and look forward to future opportunities together that will not only help protect military missions at Pax River and Webster Field, but will help to prevent the listing of candidate species, preserve and manage important natural resources, support working lands, provide benefits to Veterans, and open up recreational opportunities for local communities.