Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPPAS)

Southeast Conservation Finance Initiative

Southeast Conservation Finance Initiative

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.


SERPPAS works with numerous Federal and state agencies and the Military Services to leverage funding and kick start projects.  However, projects have often run into funding challenges due to eligibility and leverage requirements. In May 2015, the Principals charged the Steering Committee to explore a Conservation Finance Initiative that helps identify funding and financing tools for projects that support the SERPPAS mission.

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Date Title Author
04/20/17 GRANTS TO ACCELERATE WATERSHED PROTECTION US Endowment for Forestry and Communities
04/19/17 Mississippi’s RESTORE Act State Expenditure Plan Approved MS DEQ
04/19/17 Landmark Forest Conservation Program on Pace to Restore and Protect More Than 540,000 acres NFWF
02/28/17 Shell Oil Company and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Expand Conservation Partnership NFWF
12/31/16 Enviva Forest Conservation Fund U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities
12/02/16 Deadline Extended to Apply for EPA’s 2015 Environmental Justice Small Grants Program EPA Region 4
11/15/16 NFWF Approves Nearly $370 Million for New Restoration Projects on the Gulf Coast NFWF
11/04/16 USDA Announces Applications Available for Conservation Stewardship Program USDA NRCS
11/03/16 USDA Seeks Applications for $25 Million in Conservation Innovation Grants USDA NRCS
09/07/16 More Than $33 Million in Funding Approved to Protect Waterfowl and Other Bird Species US FWS
08/17/16 NOAA
07/14/16 NFWF Announces 2016 Awards for Gulf Coast Conservation Grants Program NFWF
12/15/15 U.S. Department of the Interior Announces Initiative to Spur Innovation & Investments that Support Water, Conservation Solutions U.S. Department of the Interior
08/13/15 Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Releases Draft Initial Funded Priorities List Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
10/30/13 Camp Shelby buys 1,500 acres to increase its buffer zone WorldNow