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Establishing a Sentinel Landscape

Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB)

Camp Williams ACUB

     Camp Williams' ACUB application for a compatible use buffer was approved in September of 2015.  Along with the ACUB approval, Camp Williams realized its first funding partner with Herriman City, Utah.  Herriman City is the first municipality in the nation to be approved as an ACUB funding partner. As a funding partner, Herriman City has a signed cooperative agreement with the Department of the Army to recieve and use ACUB funds for their intended purpose. This includes working with land owners, non-profit organizations, and other government agencies to provide a minimum of a 25% match to the federal funds.  The funds are executed either through fee simple purchase or conservations easements.

     The Conservation Fund has also signed a cooperative agreement with the Department of the Army to receive ACUB funds.  Both organizations are currently engaged in land transactions with local landowners that benefit the West Traverse landscape and Camp Williams in perpetuity.

     Over 11,000 acres throughout the West Traverse landscape are approved to receive federal funding under the ACUB Program.  This provides a federal match to your groups’ conservation dollars of up to 75%.  Herriman City and The Conservation Fund have approved cooperative agreements to receive these funds and are ready to engage with your organization.

What is ACUB?

     The U.S. Army initiated the ACUB program to address the growing concern of development and encroachment around the perimeter of military installations. Camp Williams, Utah is one of more than 20 installation participants in the ACUB program located throughout the U.S.

     The program is designed to minimize incompatible development and loss of habitat by utilizing permanent conservation easements, fee-sales, or other interests in land from willing sellers. In the case of conservation easements or similar agreements, the landowner retains ownership and rights to use the land for purposes specified in the agreement.  Establishing buffer areas around the installation limits the effects of encroachment and maximizes land inside the installation that can be used to support the installation's mission.