From its Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, North Carolina is rich in its wide-ranging landscape, its diverse population, and flourishing economy. With several grand metropolitan areas and cozy rural towns, the state offers the best of both urban living and small-town life. Currently, North Carolina is considered the 9th most populous state. If population predictions hold, the state will become the 7th most populous state by 2032. With population growth, comes increased urbanization and infrastructure development, a growing rural and urban interface, and encroachment on communities and areas that support and serve the stateâ€™s military installations. In an effort to establish a landscape scale approach to natural resources management that enriches compatible land use while minimizing multiple encroachment threats and alleviating on-installation constraints, North Carolina is looking to enhance its Eastern Sentinel Landscape to support flexibility for military readiness beyond 2060 while linking co-benefits of conservation and keeping working forests and farms, working.
The U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Defense, and the Interior formalized the NC Sentinel Landscape Partnership (here-after Partnership) to better serve where working and natural lands converge with national defense facilities. Decidedly, the Partnership can leverage collective resources and expertise to accomplish shared on-the-ground goals where priorities overlap. To accelerate progress meeting technical and process goals, and increase the capacity and legacy of the NC Sentinel Landscape Partnership (NC SLP), NC State University is requesting $40,000 to assist in continued coordination of major Partnership goals that will link military readiness, conservation, and working lands. The Partnership is expanding outreach, opportunities, and recognition to landowners in 33 counties, including the addition of a landowner advisory committee; is working to reduce land-use conflicts and natural resource issues around military installations through its High Priority Program; and accelerating the conservation and protection of natural resources and restoration of important habitat for wildlife.
The NCSLP is in its 13th year of operation, formally since 2016 and prior to 2016 as core group of the Partnership that began to amplify its vision, mission, and implement signature projects that the NCSLP has uniquely done. This proposal is requesting financial support to bolster the NCSLPâ€™s continued efforts that are focused on the ENCSL. The NCSLP is working to protect the military mission in North Carolina, its forested and agriculture working lands, and its natural and water resources by minimizing the impact of encroachment and incompatible land uses that effect both the military and surrounding communities. By fully implementing the Sentinel Landscape program in North Carolina the NCSLP will achieve multiple benefits that allow North Carolina to be more effective.
The purpose of this initiative is to provide for the programmatic institutionalization and enhancement of compatible natural resource use in support of military readiness and at the same time enhance the maintenance and improvement of natural resources, including agriculture and forestry lands (i.e., working lands), through the operation of a voluntary, market-driven initiative called the Partnership for Sentinel Landscapes. The Partnership for Sentinel Landscapes is a coalition of groups representing conservation, natural resource, and economic interests to address preservation on a landscape scale in association with the military. The coalition will work in the public interest to advance national defense, conservation and working lands in North Carolina simultaneously to ensure that development or use of land, water, and/or air resources remains compatible with military missions. The current implementation strategy includes assistance for individual landowners active in specific aspects of the program. Private landowners will be recognized for the unique value of their land and land management practices, essentially "green readiness." These lands will stand as true "Sentinel" landscapes - protecting military readiness due to their location - and thereby supporting national defense.
Session Law 2010-143, House Bill 1743 mandates that the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (the Department) develop a basinwide hydrologic model for each of the 17 major river basins in the State, as recommended by the N.C. Environmental Review Commission, and as described in Session Law 2010-143, HB 1743. The Department is instructed to develop the 17 hydrologic models based on a set of criteria outlined in section 2, G.S. 143-35, which includes the development of a Science Advisory Board. The Science Advisory Board will assist the Department in characterizing the natural ecology and identifying the flow requirements. The Science Advisory Board shall include representatives from the Divisions of Water Resources and Water Quality of the Department, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission, and the N.C. Natural Heritage Program. Additionally, other agencies and organizations will be included such as: the United States Fish and Wildlife Service; the National Marine Fisheries Service; representatives of organizations representing agriculture, forestry, manufacturing, electric public utilities, and local governments, with expertise in aquatic ecology and habitat; and other individuals or organizations with expertise in aquatic ecology and habitat. The Natural Resources Leadership Institute (NRLI) and Watershed Education for Communities and Officials (WECO) will help the NC Division of Water Resources to facilitate the meetings of the Ecological Flows Science Advisory Board.
In May 2012, the City Council of Raleigh, approved the Comprehensive Public Participation Program for Park Planning. Recommendations from the report titled, Involving the Public in Park Planning, An Evaluation of the City of Raleigh?s Park Master Planning Processes (Smutko and Addor) led to the development of the new program. The City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department has requested a supplemental proposal to review and evaluate the program as it is applied with a current park planning project, and coach staff in the use of the new program.
In accordance with the solicitation from the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Center for Environmental Innovation for a "Partnership to Promote Sharing of Environmental Innovations," we propose to design and deliver two symposia to promote learning, knowledge transfer, and improved environmental performance through pollution prevention and innovation. These symposia will strengthen strategic partnerships for promoting innovation among EPA, States, tribes and other organizations. A steering committee including experts in environmental policy evaluation and technology innovation will identify and analyze current environmental innovations, and establish thematic panels to facilitate cross-fertilization of ideas and activities. The steering committee will identify and invite presenters and assign a program subcommittee to develop the concurrent sessions, plenaries, and breakout working groups as part of the symposia programmatic activities. The symposia will highlight best practices that result in innovation success while transferring knowledge that facilitates the adoption of environmental improvements by States, tribes, and other organizations. The symposia will be delivered under the direction of North Carolina State University's (NCSU) Forestry and Environmental Outreach Program, which has two decades of experience in organization and delivery of large-scale national and international conferences that allow for successful information exchange and education. Existing and emerging web technologies will be evaluated and used where appropriate in planning and delivering the symposia, as well as the post-symposia outputs.
In the January 2009 report titled, Involving the Public in Park Planning, An Evaluation of the City of Raleigh?s Park Master Planning Processes, we made the following recommendation: The Parks and Recreation Department should augment its current documentation of master planning process (Resolution (2003)-735) with a comprehensive public involvement policy (see for example: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/Publications/policy/PIP.pdf). The policy should define the roles and responsibilities of staff positions implementing all the Department?s public participation processes, expand and then define the purposes and circumstances for which public involvement will be used, and outline and define the procedures to be followed. The policy document should also contain a glossary of terms used in park master planning and public involvement generally, and provide consistency of language from process to process. In addition, sufficient flexibility in procedure should be incorporated into the policy so that various and appropriate forums for engagement can be applied to fit the circumstances.
The Rocky River subbasin of the Cape Fear River Basin originates in the small towns of Liberty and Staley, and small parts of Alamance and Randolph Counties, with most of it located in Chatham County, and some tributaries in Siler City. The NC Natural Heritage Program has designated several significant natural heritage areas and natural heritage element occurrences within the subbasin. These include aquatic habitat for the federally Endangered Cape Fear Shiner, and the federal candidate, the Septima?s Clubtrail dragonfly. Two stream segments are included on the 2006 303(d) list; Love?s Creek and Tick Creek. The NC Ecosystem Enhancement Program completed a local watershed assessment and targeting of restoration plan in 2005 for this subbasin, but they are not currently pursuing implementation of any projects. Some separate watershed protection and restoration efforts are underway by various parties. The County supports a coordinated effort to revisit the NCEEP plan, invite all affected parties to share efforts and data, review EEP report?s methodology, prioritize projects, and identify information gaps, monitoring needs, and funding. We propose a two prong approach- to convene and coordinate a Rocky River watershed effort, and to focus immediate restoration efforts on Tick Creek, a rural watershed dominated by agricultural land use. The effort will include compiling a geodatabase to update land use data and indicators for the watershed, and to evaluate Tick Creek past and projected land use changes.
Session Law 2007-438 mandates that the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) develop and implement a plan to transition the N.C. Ecosystem Enhancement Program (EEP) Nutrient Offset Program from a fee-based system to a program based on the actual costs of providing nutrient credits. EEP, in collaboration with the NC Division of Water Quality, will convene a group of key stakeholders to discuss the basic approach to setting actual-cost rates for its nutrient offset program. In this proposed project, the principal investigators, representing the NC State University Natural Resources Leadership Institute (hereinafter referred to as NCSU) will coordinate with EEP to assemble the stakeholder group and guide its deliberations.