What is SERPPAS?
The Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPPAS) is a voluntary collaboration among State leaders from natural resources, working lands, and environmental protection agencies in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi; regional leaders from their federal agency counterparts; and leaders from the Department of Defense and the military services in the Southeast. Formed in 2005, SERPPAS is an unconventional partnership that harnesses strategic planning and promotes collaborative decision-making between public and private partners to support the military mission, conserve key habitats and species, sustain rural economies and industries, and foster better coordination among local, state, and federal stakeholders in the region. SERPPAS serves as a forum to build effective working relationships between diverse partners, identify overlapping interests, and implement mutually beneficial actions that support the missions of all the partners.
Minimize incompatible development with decisions that are beneficial to the military mission, community well-being, rural economics, and environmental requirements.
Increase partnerships to improve conservation, the economy, quality of life, resilience, and military readiness.
Utilize data rich and GIS-based maps to identify overlapping and compatible partner priorities.
Develop policy initiatives and promote innovative projects that support the SERPPAS mission.
2021+ SERPPAS Strategic Plan
The Strategic Plan serves as a framework for identifying and implementing collaborative and cooperative solutions to various challenges affecting national defense, natural resources, economic sustainability, and the quality of life in the Southeast region.
The REPI program recently announced $31.6 million in program funds for the 2022 REPI Challenge. Partners across the country will undertake nine projects benefitting 13 installations and their neighboring communities, leveraging nearly $60.3 million in partner contributions. One of the nine awarded REPI Challenge projects will benefit four military installations within the Eastern North Carolina Sentinel Landscape. The project will receive $4.3 million in funding from REPI and partner contributions to reduce wildfire risk, assess how climate change impacts RCW productivity, and manage and protect longleaf pine habitats.Visit the SERPPAS News Archive
Pew Charitable Trust’s published its latest blog post about the South Atlantic Salt Marsh Initiative. The blog post provides updates on SASMI’s progress including the virtual workshop held earlier this year.Visit the SERPPAS News Archive
The National Wildlife Federation is teaming up with Hoke County, North Carolina, and other partners to begin work on a ground-breaking forestry project that will benefit wildlife, forests, and the citizens of Hoke County. The Hoke Community Forest is one of two initial demonstration projects for America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative’s Longleaf for All working group that focuses on increasing minority participation in forestry-related programs.Visit the SERPPAS News Archive
Pew Charitable Trusts conducted an interview with REPI Program Director Kristin Thomasgard on how the military works with local communities to combat climate change and how the REPI Program’s work helps protect the environment.Visit the SERPPAS News Archive
The Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute (NRI), in partnership with the Texas Military Preparedness Commission (TMPC) in the Office of the Governor, and with a grant from the Department of Defense Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation (formerly the Office of Economic Adjustment), developed several reports and web tools that assist installation personnel and community stakeholders in addressing various aspects of encroachment issues facing Texas installations.Visit the SERPPAS News Archive