In 2005, state environmental and natural resource officials from across the southeast partnered with the Department of Defense and other federal agencies to form the Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPPAS). The region covered by SERPPAS includes the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi. The conversion of land into developed communities has resulted in the loss of agricultural land, important wildlife habitats, working landscapes such as farms, forests, and fisheries, and increased encroachment on military installations. This rapid urbanization presents challenges to the sustainability of defense and natural and economic resources throughout the Southeast region.
Because the issue of long-term sustainability crosses geographic and organizational boundaries, it is essential for the affected communities and agencies to work collaboratively to protect our natural resources and balance and optimize the health and safety of the environment and communities, while promoting economic development and military readiness. SERPPAS works to prevent encroachment around military lands, encourage compatible resource-use decisions, and improve coordination among regions, states, communities, and military services. View SERPPAS Charter »