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.
On February 7, 2024, EPA strengthened the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter (PM NAAQS) to protect millions of Americans from harmful and costly health impacts, such as heart attacks and premature death. Particle or soot pollution is one of the most dangerous forms of air pollution, and an extensive body of science links it to a range of serious and sometimes deadly illnesses. EPA is setting the level of the primary (health-based) annual PM2.5 standard at 9.0 micrograms per cubic meter to provide increased public health protection, consistent with the available health science.Visit the SERPPAS News Archive
Recognizing the enormous value of salt marshes, the Department of the Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with funding support from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, launched the Salt Marsh Keystone Initiative in January 2024. Partnering with others, we are leveraging resources and expertise to help make informed, efficient use of funds to restore this valuable habitat, creating a more resilient coastline to address climate change.Visit the SERPPAS News Archive
The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment announces the release of Boots on the Ground: Saving Species, Supporting the Mission—a video that showcases the Department of Defense’s (DoD) success in maintaining its national defense and security mission, while conserving military lands and the species that call them home.Visit the SERPPAS News Archive
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and NOAA announced $144 million in new grants to support natural infrastructure projects in 31 coastal states and U.S. territories. These grants will support design and implementation of projects to enhance the resilience of coastal communities and improve habitat for fish and wildlife across the U.S. The 109 grants announced today will generate more than $97 million in matching contributions for a total conservation impact of $242 million.Visit the SERPPAS News Archive
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals to voluntarily restore, enhance and conserve longleaf pine and bottomland hardwood forests within the historical longleaf pine range. Approximately $30 million in grant funds is expected to be available in 2024, another program record funding level thanks to a second-year major contribution from the Bezos Earth Fund and increased funding from NRCS.Visit the SERPPAS News Archive
Celebrating the Nation’s Leading Forest Restoration Effort and Recommitting for Another 15 Years for Longleaf Pine Restoration
America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative celebrates initial fifteen years of conservation success and announces signing of a memorandum of understanding to renew partnership efforts to restore longleaf pine forests across the South for another fifteen years.Visit the SERPPAS News Archive