Three 4th Fighter Wing F-15E Strike Eagles fly over forests and farmland during a training mission. The 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina hosted exercise Razor Talon to provide Air Force and Navy units on the East Coast an opportunity to participate in a low cost training exercise. The Sentinel Landscapes Partnership between DoD, USDA, and DOI works to establish and implement a coordinated and comprehensive strategy within a defined landscape to promote compatible land use around military bases, coordinate the delivery of Federal programs to landowners, and encourage State, Local, and NGO/private participation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Eric Harris/Released)
Both state and federal partners share a desire to conserve gopher tortoise populations and habitat in order to prevent regulatory constraints and carry out their missions to the best of their ability, be it training missions on military installations or forest management on U.S. Forest Service lands. The gopher tortoise is listed as threatened in the western portion of its range, while it’s a candidate species for possible federal listing in the eastern portion of the range.
Critical efforts to restore fire-dependent ecosystems such as the longleaf pine ecosystem and its many associated species like red-cockaded woodpecker cannot be successful without additional prescribed burning, especially on private lands.
In partnership with MCAS Beaufort and the state of South Carolina, Marines volunteered to assist installation staff construct a living shoreline with oyster shell and bamboo stakes donated by the state government at the station’s Laurel Bay Boat Ramp.
In December 2013, Camp Shelby expanded its buffer zone with 1,500 acre parcel from Weyerhaeuser. With the property held by the Compatible Lands Foundation, part of the lands will generate over $10 million in carbon credits over the lifetime of the project. Additionally, Camp Shelby works very closely with the U.S. Forest Service, who owns and manages several of the installation’s acquired properties as part of the DeSoto National Forest, one of the largest complexes of longleaf pine in the southeast.
The Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPPAS) is a unique six-state partnership comprised of state and federal agencies that promotes collaboration in making resource-use decisions supporting conservation of natural resources, working lands, and national defense.
The mission of SERPPAS is to sustain the collective missions of the partners to protect military readiness and natural resources, to optimize the health and safety of the environment and communities and to promote sustainable rural economies. Because this issue of long-term sustainability crosses geographic and organizational boundaries, the SERPPAS partners work collaboratively to accomplish this mission through identifying opportunities for mutual benefit. This year, the SERPPAS Principals will gather in Fort Walton Beach Florida, hosted by Eglin Air Force Base (AFB), for the 2018 Principals Meeting which will mark 13 years of the partnership’s efforts to accomplish long-term sustainability in the region. In those 13 years, SERPPAS has made many great strides and continues to identify and mitigate current and future risks to that overall mission. This meeting will lay out the objectives of the SERPPAS Partnership over the next three years, identify significant current and future risks, and enable the SERPPAS Principals to continue to work collaboratively to ensure a sustainable and resilient Southeast Region.
*Photo: Airman 1st Class Caleb Pavao, a broadcaster with the 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs office, documents endangered wildlife conservation efforts at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 7, 2017. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Hurlburt Field worked with Eglin Air Force Base staff to create artificial nesting cavities in trees for the Red-cockaded Woodpecker, a process that can take one to 10 years for the bird to make. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marleah Cabano)