The Market-based Conservation Program has evolved to become one of the components of a larger scale project called the Partnership for Sentinel Landscapes. The Partnership for Sentinel Landscapes is a coalition of partners forming a unit of conservation interests and landscapes in association with the military. NRS has participated in this collaborative effort to sustain and enhance military training in North Carolina through the management of natural resources on agriculture and forestry lands surrounding the post. NRS will also be assuming the primary leadership role in accomplishing tasks necessary for delivering a detailed project plan.
As part of our participation, NRS has assisted with the coordination of multiple stakeholders including but not limited to:
- Marine Corps Installations East (MCIEAST)
- North Carolina Farm Bureau
- NC Working Lands Group
- Biofuels Center of North Carolina
Stakeholders will work to limit development or use of property in eastern North Carolina that would otherwise be incompatible with military missions and preserve habitat on such property that is compatible with environmental requirements that otherwise would or might interfere – whether directly or indirectly – with current or anticipated military training, testing, or operations. NRS will work closely with the stakeholders to implement a strategy that provides assistance for individual landowners active in specific aspects of the program. Other components are on a landscape scale. Private landowners will be recognized for the unique value of their land and land management practices – essentially “green readiness.”