Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPPAS)

Focus Areas

Sentinel Landscapes in the Southeast

Why? Increased population growth and development, inadequate planning and other incompatible land uses, threatens the ability of military installations to carry out their mission. How? In response to these growing challenges, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA), Defense (DoD), and the Interior established the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership as a nationwide collaboration dedicated to promot...

Threatened, Endangered, and At-Risk Species

Why?  Military installations provide habitat for significant populations of federally-listed and at-risk species. These species can and do adversely impact training and testing on military installations due to Endangered Species Act (ESA) requirements. At-Risk species are defined as those species which have been proposed for listing by the Fish and Wildlife Service, designated as candidate species...

Southeast Prescribed Fire Initiative

Why? Fire is a critically important agent of renewal in natural ecosystems. However, wildfires can pose a substantial risk to people and infrastructure and the Southeast has more wildfires than any other region. The Southeast region also includes several fire-dependent ecosystems where prescribed burning is necessary to safely manage the land and resources. How? By promoting prescribed fire as a ...

Energy Development and Siting

Why? Due to rapidly advancing renewable energy technologies, the Southeast is becoming increasingly viable to locate wind, solar and other forms of energy infrastructure. Many of these technologies, if placed in a certain proximity to the military mission, can severely interfere with low flight paths and various military radars, among other things, important to military testing and training.  How...

Coastal Resilience and Regional Adaptation

Why? The Southeast is facing various changes, ranging from increased flooding, storm surge, coastal erosion, and extreme temperature and precipitation variations, to the effects of increased coastal population, urban sprawl and developmental pressures on coastal industries and activities. These challenges pose and opportunity for military installations, communities and organizations/agencies in th...