Federal Agreement Protects Land Near Military Bases

USDA and the Department of Defense sign a conservation agreement to address urban encroachment concerns.

Urban development has become a problem for military bases and training facilities in recent years, and USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Deparment of Defense signed an agreement Wednesday to address this issue.

The new conservation agreement creates a partnership between the two organizations in areas near military bases.

"Through cooperative conservation, USDA and DOD will enhance and improve sensitive environmental lands adjacent to military bases across the country," says USDA Natural Resources and Evironment Deputy Under Secretary Merlyn Carlson.

DOD has also created the Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative and other programs in order to protect "compatible use buffers" around military bases. These buffers also provide wildlife habitat and ecosystem conservation.

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