Defense communities in New Jersey will use the DOD funding to mitigate wildfire and shoreline encroachment in the state, Jersey Shore Online reports.

The $1,935,564.98 in funding will be dispersed to six military communities:

  • $380,000 for wildfire mitigation near Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Ocean/Burlington counties
  • $500,000 for storm surge protection for Naval Weapons Station Earle in Middletown, Monmouth County
  • $500,000 for living shoreline protection in the form of a “T”-shaped oyster castle groin in Barnegat Bay, in Ocean County near Island Beach State Park.
  • $300,000 to protect 44,000 acres of forest area in the Greenwood State from wildfire near the NJ National Guard Warren Grove Gunnery Range in Ocean/Burlington counties
  • $150,000 for Rancocas Creek Watershed stormwater management to protect the area near Lockheed Martin plant that produces AEGIS technology for the U.S. Navy in Burlington County
  • over $100,000 for storm surge protection near Earle, in Keansburg, Monmouth County.

“This modest but important federal funding will go a long way toward protecting areas near our military bases that are susceptible to forest fires,” said Rep. Chris Smith.

“These projects which the DoD has identified will help make the bases safer should we face any upcoming rounds of base realignment and closure (BRAC),” Smith said. “Earle is a critical base for the Navy and its logistical shipping, and protecting its mission is crucial to national security, and to the jobs of the men and women who work there.”

The funds come from DOD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program which promotes preservation of compatible land uses near military installations, ranges and other strategic sites.

Photo courtesy Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst