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Department of the Interior Department of Defense Cooperative Conservation Initiative: Compatible Land Use as a Transformation Tool Steve Bonner Community Planner DOI Officer in Charge. ENCROACHMENT PRESSURES Work Both Ways. Commercial Development. Light Pollution. Maritime Needs.

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Department of the Interior

Department of Defense

Cooperative Conservation Initiative:

Compatible Land Use as a Transformation Tool

Steve Bonner

Community Planner

DOI Officer in Charge


Encroachment pressures work both ways
ENCROACHMENT PRESSURESWork Both Ways

Commercial Development

Light

Pollution

Maritime Needs

Population Encroachment

Cultural Interests on Military Lands

Air Quality

Dust & Smoke

Mission

Realignment &

Consolidation

Noise Generation & Abatement

Noise Generation & Abatement

Radio

Frequency

Needs

Radio

Frequency

Requirements

Military

Ability to Train

Military

Airspace

Commercial

Airspace

Munitions

Constituents

Wilderness Designations

Endangered Species and Provision of Wildlife Habitat

Alternative

Energy Sources

Need for

Water

Reduced Flexibility for the Military and the Community


How DOI Helps

  • Advise DOD on Policy Development

  • Facilitate Communication with NGOs

  • Clearinghouse for Lessons Learned

  • Facilitation of Community Based Partnerships


Why a Community Based Approach?

  • Partnerships

    • Diversified Funding

    • Distributed Risk

    • Address Fears & Suspicions

    • Longer term viability

  • Stakeholder Empowerment

    • Greater potential for future funding

    • Reduce potential for political backlash

    • Ensure community control

    • Reconcile DOD needs with Economic Development desires


Other Benefits

  • Positive Approach to Land Use

    • Willing Seller/Willing Buyer

    • Active tool for JLUS implementation

    • Often complements local open space need

  • Tax Base

    • Increased Land Values

    • Steady-state Cost of Community Services

  • Potential Public Access

    • Willing Landowners

      • Trails

      • Parks

      • Stream Uses

  • Clean Water/Clean Air

    • Vegetation filters runoff

    • Pervious Cover allows percolation

    • Carbon Sequestration

    • Potential for use as Mitigation


Projects of Interest

  • State of New Jersey

    • Partners

      • NJ Air National Guard

      • Rutgers University

      • NJ Green Acres Program

      • NJ Conservation Foundation

      • Nature Conservancy

      • NJ Pinelands Commission

    • Warren Grove Range safety issues

    • Statewide MTR issues

    • Multi-base JLUS?

    • Leveraging state conservation funds

  • Camp Shelby, Mississippi

    • Partners

      • MS National Guard Bureau

      • Nature Conservancy

      • Land Trust for the MS Coastal Plain

    • JLUS Implementation

    • Species concerns

    • Katrina recovery



Ft sill private lands initiative members
Ft. Sill Private Lands Initiative Members

  • Ft. Sill

  • US Fish & Wildlife Service

  • USDA (NRCS)

  • EPA

  • NPS

  • KCA tribes

  • Oklahoma Congressional Delegation

  • State of Oklahoma

  • Comanche County

  • City of Lawton

  • City of Cache

  • City of Elgin

  • City of Medicine Park

  • Lawton Ft. Sill Chamber of Commerce

  • Cache Chamber of Commerce

  • Lawton Constitution

  • Comanche County Chronicle

  • KSWO Television

  • Land Legacy

  • Private Landowners

  • Developers



Several Easements Closed FY06

  • $1.93 million+ paid to landowners

  • Approx. 2 miles of fenceline protected

  • 20 more deals pending

    Funding Sources

  • Farm and Ranchland Protection Program

  • Private Foundations

  • State of Oklahoma

  • Local Government

  • US Army

    • FY06 $1 million + Fallout


More Info?

  • Steve Bonner, DOI OIC

    • 512-245-7263

    • [email protected]


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