Imagine sitting with your family at the dinner table and suddenly the windows and dishes begin to shake from the noise of a low-flying jet or helicopter. Or perhaps children at school cannot go to recess due to smoke or dust from a nearby industrial facility. With communities across America sprawling, these types of problems are becoming more and more common.
The Compatible Lands Foundation works with partner organizations to create compatible land uses, or “buffer zones,” around military bases, airports, and other facilities. As a result, important activities such as military training are not compromised by incompatible land uses, while natural resources are also protected. Most of our work is in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense through its
Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) program.
In most cases, CLF preserves open lands and creates compatible land uses through the acquisition of conservation easements. Conservation easements are voluntary agreements with landowners to sell or donate development rights to a property. Open space uses such as farming, ranching, or hunting are always allowed. Easements do not, however, provide public access to the property.
Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Compatible Lands Foundation staff and consultants work throughout the United States with both public and private partners. Collectively, our staff has over 80 years of experience in land conservation and related fields.