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 2023 Request for Proposals for the NFWF Longleaf Landscape Stewardship Fund is now open. The LLSF is a public-private partnership that expands, enhances, and accelerates longleaf pine ecosystem restoration across the historical longleaf range throughout the southeastern U.S. Approximately $16.9 million in grant funding is available to projects that restore, enhance, and maintain longleaf pine on private and public lands to improve wildlife habitat and water quality, with some funding also available for bottomland hardwood restoration.Visit the SERPPAS News Archive
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Completes Gopher Tortoise Review: Eastern Portion of Species’ Range Does Not Currently Meet Criteria for Listing Under the Endangered Species Act
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reached a final listing decision regarding the gopher tortoise after completing its review. USFWS has determined that the eastern population no longer meets the criteria for ESA listing and is withdrawing it as a candidate. The western population (western Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana) will retain its threatened status. State protections for the gopher tortoise remain in place range-wide. Partnerships between multiple state, federal, local, and NGO stakeholders contributed greatly to the
conservation of this species.
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