Results and Accomplishments
State of Florida participants conceived of the buffer idea, since it would help the State conserve open space as well as help the military post with its encroachment problems. Nonfederal participants planned the program, identiﬁed willing sellers, negotiated purchases, and closed deals, contributing $12,500,000 to date. Camp Blanding participated in the process and requested $500,000 through the National Guard Bureau.
The buffers program at Camp Blanding was the ﬁrst to be implemented under the Army’s Compatible Use Buffer Program to ensure sustainability of the military training mission into the foreseeable future. In addition to the advantages buffers provide to military training, the project contributed to the Florida Forever conservation initiative. Camp Blanding and the surrounding newlyprotected lands will now be part of approximately 110 miles of greenway extending from Osceola National Forest to the Ocala National Forest. The new buffer zone should beneﬁt all 60 rare and endangered species in the region.