The extensive work of the North Carolina Sentinel Landscapes Partnership has resulted in measurable impact towards ensuring the sustainability of working lands, natural resource conservation and military training in eastern North Carolina. To date, the partnership’s key accomplishments include:

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  • Created partnership trusted by landowners
  • Leveraged funding and opportunities in support of military training
  • $16.8M Funds leveraged; 2 to 1 REPI match
  • Legislative appropriations of $2M in recurring dollars leveraged and $2M in one time funding
  • Priority in cost-share programs for landowners under the military footprint
  • Increased use of state lands for military training benefit

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  • Increased the use of local farm and forest products by military
  • $8.3 million in North Carolina-based commissary fresh fruit and vegetable purchases
  • Duke Energy utilized forest based resources in energy production


  • Established new programs and concepts
    • Developed an all-Service military mission footprint map
    • Establishment of Working Lands Conservation Trust
    • Tested and validated innovative conservation concepts to achieve goals at lower cost
      • Term-limited performance-based contracts; Reverse auction bidding
      • Streamlined military agreement process; time and cost
      • Ensured development of compatible renewable energy infrastructure
  • Coordinated state and local programs to provide benefits to military training
    • PUV, VAD, and EVAD
    • Increased awareness of resource dollars
    • Creation of landowner outreach programs