Sen. Thom Tillis has only been in office for a few months, but he has already stepped up as a leader in support of a program that's of particular importance to our region and state.
The Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration program, or REPI, provides funding for land conservation around military installations. Sen. Tillis, along with Sens. Tim Kaine and Brian Schatz, authored a letter last month to the Senate Armed Services Committee requesting an appropriation of at least $75 million in Fiscal Year 2016 for REPI, an increase of $14.75million over the $60.25 million sought in the president's budget request.
The REPI program is a great example of a public-private partnership that has helped protect over 17,000 acres of land around Fort Bragg, and in doing so has provided a number of important benefits to our community.
Mike Lynch is a former director of plans, training, mobilization and security for the U.S. Army. Katherine Skinner is state director of The Nature Conservancy.
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