Open forum to discuss ACUB Program
CAMP RIPLEY — An open forum on the Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) Program will be held at 7 p.m. March 14 in the theatre at the Training and Community Center (TACC) on Camp Ripley.
“The ACUB program is voluntary and is designed to compensate landowners for not encroaching on land within a three mile buffer around Camp Ripley,” said Jay Brezinka environmental coordinator at Camp Ripley.
According to Brezinka, leadership at Camp Ripley intends to accomplish the ACUB program by using a proactive approach with willing land-owners and partners such as Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR). Various land protection measures will be used to establish the compatible land use buffer to include acquisition and conservation easements.
The purpose of the ACUB initiative is to create and enhance a natural buffer around Camp Ripley by taking advantage of available opportunities to prevent encroachment and enhance conservation and land management. By securing a buffer, Camp Ripley can continue to offer and provide critically important high quality military training and operations to ensure combat readiness, as well as mitigate disruptions to the surrounding communities.
The ACUB program continues to expand with 93 land transactions completed representing 12,572 acres.