Sustainable Ranges Initiative

Minnesota

Minnesota

Partnership with Department of Defense

In May 2004, Governor Pawlenty announced that the "U.S. Army gave formal approval to the Minnesota National Guard for its Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) project for Camp Ripley." This project is a partnership with the Guard, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and conservation organizations. This project will work to develop a three-mile buffer around the camp to enhance conservation and to preserve the mission of the base.

Camp Ripley

North Carolina

North Carolina

North Carolina Conservation Efforts

North Carolina Conservation Efforts

  • North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources provides information on the state's Conservation Tax Credit Program which is to "assist land-owners to protect the environment and the quality of life."
Conservation Trust for North Caroline
  • The Conservation Trust for North Carolina was created in 1991 and is "the only statewide land trust working with communities, landowners, land trusts, and other conservation organizations to protect North Carolina's natural and cultural resources."
The Nature Conservancy
  • In 2002, The North Carolina Department of Transportation acquired 2,500 acres of land that borders Ft. Bragg and establishes "a preserve for the federally-endangered red-cockaded woodpecker." This land will be turned over to The Nature Conservancy for "long-term management, in consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service."
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
  • Efforts are underway to develop North Carolina's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan.

Texas

Texas

Appropriation for Infrastructure Improvements

Appropriation for Infrastructure Improvements
Governor announced in 2004, a $20.5 million commitment "made through the Texas Department of Transportation" to build new and improved roads and other needed infrastructure to support expanded operations at Fort Hood if the Department of Defense adds 5,000 new soldiers and civilian employees at Fort Hood in 2005. Texas will also commit $16.2 million "to improve infrastructure, mobility and traffic flow on and around Fort Bliss" if the Department of Defense adds 3,800 troops in 2006. The Governor has asked that the Transportation Commission place both projects on its August 26, 2004 agenda.

Gov. Rick Perry