Information Papers

Sustainable Range Program

What is it?
The Sustainable Range Program (SRP) is the Army’s roadmap for the design, management and use of its ranges to ensure their capability, availability, and accessibility to meet training requirements. The SRP is made up of three core programs: Range Modernization, which includes new range construction; Range Operations, which includes the day-to-day management of ranges; and the Integrated Training Area Management Program for the repair and maintenance of maneuver lands. Integral to the success and support of these three core programs is the SRP Outreach Program, dedicated to educating the public on the importance of live-fire training and improving the Army’s understanding of public concerns related to the way in which the Army trains and manages its ranges.

What is the Army doing?
The SRP’s tools, procedures, and initiatives include the following:
The development of the encroachment condition model (ECM), an objective, centralized Geographic Information System (GIS)-based data model, will help the Army quantify internal and external encroachment on Army training lands and ranges. Data from the ECM will be integrated in the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management (ACSIM) new Installation Status Report–Natural Infrastructure (ISR-NI), which is replacing the ISR-Environment.

The new ISR-NI, which is to be fielded in FY08, will provide an analysis of the capability of natural infrastructure (land, air, water and energy) to support mission requirements by tying all ranges, training complexes, and associated encroachment factors together into an overall rating for the installation based on specific training requirements. 

The Range Managers Toolkit enables range managers to display safety impacts associated with live-fire training on a GIS platform. The toolkit, developed jointly by the Army and the Marine Corps, also includes a module to assess noise impacts on the surrounding communities.
The SRP Outreach Training Support Package is designed to assist installations in communicating with and educating the public on the importance of live-fire training.

The development of a GIS-based Range Complex Master Plan automated tool (expected to be fielded in 2008) supports integrated decision making on sustainable ranges.

The Army Compatible Use Buffer Program provides a powerful tool to work in partnership with state and local governments and conservation groups to establish buffer areas outside the installation boundary to mitigate encroachment impacts on installations. The Army has executed the program at 21 locations, representing 62,000 acres.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army is continuing its efforts to implement new initiatives focused on reducing restrictions to training through outreach, research, and innovative management practices, and to quantify encroachment factors that restrict training.

Why is this important to the Army?
The SRP ensures Army ranges and training lands meet the mission requirements while balancing