Fort Campbell is a major Army ground vehicle maneuver installation and Power Projection Platform able to support mobilization and deployment of high-priority units, their equipment, and supplies. The installation supports 30,000 soldiers, including the 101st Airborne Division and the only Air Assault Division in the world. Because the post is located amid abundant rural lands along the Kentucky-Tennessee border and a large national recreation area, it is well suited for supporting aviation operations.
To protect its mission from nearby growing towns in both states, CLF and other partners have targeted the conservation of working farmland. The Fort Campbell project has worked to find a variety of funding sources—including landowner donations, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service grants, and private donations to protect its mission, local agriculture, and important habitat.
These efforts are preventing incompatible development from encroaching on night-vision and aviation training missions at critical assets like Sabre Army Heliport and Campbell Army Airfield. The conservation easements help sustain working farms and prime agricultural lands while positively contributing to Fort Campbell’s mission.