Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPPAS)

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What is SERPPAS?

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 national defense, conservation of natural resources, and sustainable working lands and communities in the Southeast US. SERPPAS serves as a forum to build effective working relationships between diverse partners, identify overlapping interests and implement mutually beneficial actions that support the mission of all the partners. Through a strategic planning process, SERPPAS has identified specific focus areas and strategic objectives that will protect the military mission, while at the same time promote conservation of key habitats and species, sustain rural economies and industries, and create better coordination across agency, state and governance boundaries. 

SERPPAS Principals Endorse the South Atlantic Salt Marsh Initiative

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At the 2021 SERPPAS Principals Meeting, the SERPPAS Principals endorsed the proposal to promote coastal resilience and regional adaptation through the creation of a voluntary and non-regulatory regional salt marsh conservation initiative to protect current and future salt marsh habitat in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Northeastern Florida. The goal of this initiative is to see the salt marshes and their migration corridors conserved and protected into the future so that the great salt marsh along the South Atlantic seaboard can continue to stand guard and provide its many ecosystem, economic and resilience benefits to the SERPPAS partners and beyond. The launch of the initiative can be found here: Military and Environmentalists Align to Protect Key Coastal Salt Marsh - Scientific American