Marstel-Day, LLC Wins the 2009 American Planning Association, Federal Planning Division Award for an Outstanding Collaborative Planning Project

For two years, Marstel-Day, LLC has worked closely with MCIEAST at Camp Lejeune, NC, to develop a comprehensive land use planning strategy for a 25-county Eastern North Carolina (ENC) region that protects military training, maintains the viability of traditional “working lands” (i.e., farming and forestry), preserves water quality and protects natural habitat. This work has culminated in the Eastern North Carolina Land Use Strategy (ENCLUS), a pioneering effort to assemble a broad-based coalition of federal and state land management agencies, local governments, private conservation organizations and military leaders to identify stakeholders’ shared land use protection goals and to leverage their resources to achieve them.

Richard A. Engel, Marstel-Day Project Manager, said: “On behalf of our Marine Corps clients, I was pleased to see that APA recognized the value of this multi-stakeholder approach to sustaining working lands and natural habitat on a regional scale. A collaborative effort like this is vital, politically and economically, to effectively conserve land in the face of widespread development pressures.”