A win-win solution for Fort Benning

Through his work at the UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government, IRIS affiliate Scott Pippin is helping to meld military mission with support for the surrounding community on the military site Fort Benning.

“The military has its mission and its goals, and those are the drivers behind this,” Pippin is quoted as saying in a recent UGA Today article featuring the work. “We’re trying to connect those to the missions and goals and ideas and visions of the communities. … What can we do to take these efforts beyond just conservation and make it a community development and economic development project?”

Pippin and his colleagues at the Nature Conservancy and the River Valley Regional Commission hope to transform the natural area around the base into an area where community members can hike, raft, and hunt–providing the community with needed outdoor recreation opportunities.

Read the full article here.

Image by Shannah Montgomery