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Camp Shelby Announces Buffer Zone

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Camp Shelby is the first of its kind within the department of defense to use the Army Compatible Use Buffer Program...

"This is an extra avenue for a local community to get money, at the same time support national security, conservation and cooperation," Retired Lieutenant Colonel and Director of Military Partnerships for the Compatible Land Foundation Joe Knott said.

He explained that military bases usually create growing communities, but residents nearby don't like to hear loud sounds all the time.

"We make noise," Col. Brad Smith said.  "We call it the sound of freedom."

It's important to maintain a good relationship, but changing training methods isn't an option.

"The first time they do a mission or a task or what their job is in the military, it can't be in a war zone somewhere," Knott said.  "We owe our young men and women better than that."

So creating this buffer zone prevents impact on local development.

"It's critical for us to be good neighbors with the local community, and this is a step in that direction," Smith said.  "You don't want incompatible development next to a military instillation."

The 1,522 acres gained through the program will also be used for carbon sequestration to help counteract pollution.

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