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Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) Program Information, Status and New Initiatives. LTC Joe Knott ACUB Program Manager 13 October 2006. What is an ACUB?. Protects current installation land for training and testing Important element of long-term range sustainability

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Army compatible use buffer acub program information status and new initiatives

Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) ProgramInformation, Status and New Initiatives

LTC Joe Knott

ACUB Program Manager

13 October 2006


What is an acub

What is an ACUB?

  • Protects current installation land for training and testing

  • Important element of long-term range sustainability

  • Involves an agreement between an installation and partner(s) to address land use or development around the installation

    • Partners include state or local government or private conservation organization

    • Installation contributes funds towards partner acquiring land or interest in land from a willing private land owner

  • Involves significant cooperation with stakeholders

  • Cooperative Agreement obligates funds


What acub is not

What ACUB is Not

  • Not a program to purchase additional Army lands

  • Not a program to acquire additional training or testing areas

  • Not the entire solution, but an important tool to assist in mitigating the impacts of encroachment on the installation’s ability to “train as we fight”


Acub details

ACUB Details

  • Proposals prepared locally, reviewed for approval up through HQDA

  • Three-part process:

    • Proposal approval (evaluated for benefit to training)

    • Priority (according to strategic training importance and ability to affect encroachment)

    • Funding (dependent on priority, partner participation, level of cost-sharing and cooperation with other Services)

  • Centrally managed and O&M funded

  • Cooperating partner and willing seller are essential

  • Cooperative Agreement through RDECOM, USAMRAA or NGB PARC obligates funds to partner


Land protection mechanisms

Land Protection Mechanisms

  • Conservation easement:

    • Landowner retains ownership and rights to use land for limited purposes as specified in agreement

    • Some land or habitat management responsibilities in accordance with agreement

  • Purchase of development rights:

    • Landowner retains title to land but with limited development potential

  • Fee-simple purchase:

    • Purchase of property rights and title; most costly option


Army compatible use buffer acub program information status and new initiatives

Fort Lewis, WA

Fort Drum, NY

Camp Ripley, MN

Fort Devens, MA

Fort Custer, MI

Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD

Fort Carson, CO

Fort Carson, CO

Fort AP Hill, VA

Fort Knox, KY

Fort Pickett, VA

Camp San Luis Obispo, CA

Fort Riley, KS

Fort Bragg, NC

Fort Campbell, KY

White Sands Missile Range, NM

Fort Sill, OK

Fort Benning, GA

Camp Shelby, MS

Fort Stewart, GA

Fort Hood, TX

Fort Polk, LA

Fort Huachuca, AZ

Camp Blanding, FL

Fort Bliss, TX

US Army Garrison, HI

Approved ACUB Proposals

Pending ACUB Proposals

Current ACUB Status

  • Proposal status:

    • 16 installations with approved ACUB proposals

    • 9 additional proposals expected for FY07 review/approval


Acub program funding status

ACUB Program Funding Status

FY05 (5 Installations): $6.5M from OSD, $12.5M in ACSIM end-of-year funding

FY06 (16 Installations): $19.1M from OSD, $5.15M in ACSIM end-of-year funding

FY07 (20 installations): $66M requirement


Fy05 06 acub accomplishments

FY05-06 ACUB Accomplishments

  • Reducing the impacts of encroachment on our Installations:

    • Number of approved ACUB proposals increased fivefold to 16 at the end of FY06

  • Supporting our Installations’ ability to train Soldiers:

    • Over 54,000 acres of buffer area protected around our Installations to date

  • Leveraging Army O&M funds:

    • FY05/06 ($17.1M) to receive over $25M in DoD buffer funds

    • Average 2:1 ratio in partner contributions


Acub program initiatives

ACUB Program Initiatives

  • ACUB Program Guidance Document under development

    • Outline roles and responsibilities

    • Articulate evolving guidance and policy

  • G3 encroachment matrix and priorities under review

  • HQ level outreach, partnerships and MOUs with Ducks Unlimited and NRCS

  • Multiple benefit ACUB pilot (wetlands banking or conservation credits)

  • Broad-based sustainability tool-set for comprehensive approach to sustaining military land and air capabilities into the future


Acub program opportunities

ACUB Program Opportunities

  • Capitalize on cooperative conservation momentum

  • Demonstrate continued success and results to Congress for increased REPI funding

  • Multiply leveraging opportunities

  • Support Army Strategy for Environment and national environmental ethic


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