Military Bases to Share $17.5MM in Conservation Grants

Posted February 17, 2016 at 5:40am

Stars and Stripes reports that “military bases in three U.S. states will share $17.5 million in conservation funding to protect longleaf pine forests used for training troops while assisting the recovery of threatened species, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Friday.”  

“Projects at bases in Georgia, Mississippi and North Carolina were among 84 chosen to receive $720 million. The money comes from the federal government as well as private and nonprofit groups taking part in the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which was established by the 2014 Farm Bill.”  

“‘The reality is that one-off conservation projects are great, but when we coordinate our efforts we can have so much more of a profound impact,’ said Vilsack, who credited ‘unusual partnerships’ between more than 2,000 organizations, including the Defense Department and environmental groups.”