Army Program Preserves Land

Col. Matthew Margotta
Col. Matthew Margotta
Adam Borrello
Adam Borrello

PUPUKEA (KHNL) -- It's a breathtaking view of the North Shore of Oahu. But to many people, it's more than just a pretty picture.

"And it's really important beyond what we just see with our eyes," said Adam Borrello with the North Shore Community Land Trust.

It's about preserving the land and protecting the environment. And that's where the U.S. Army steps in.

"In Hawaii over the last couple of years, the Army has partnered with organizations to protect land, almost 6,000 to 8,000 acres, contributing almost $8 million in that period," said Col. Matthew Margotta, U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii.

It's all part of the Army's Compatible Use Buffer Program, or, what's known as ACUB. The army works together with private groups.

"To procure land to use as buffer areas to separate Army training ranges and facilities from civilian communities," said Margotta.

That includes an 1,100-acre site in Pupukea. The North Shore Community Land Trust is one of the groups working with the Army to protect it.

"Our motivation is to be able to preserve a beautiful, natural resources both here on the mountainside as well as the other positive impacts it has on every other part of the environment," said Borrello.

"It's a win-win situation for both the community as well as the Army," said Margotta.

The program has helped to protect approximately 45,000 acres of wildlife habitat outside of military installations.