The Federal Planning Division (FPD) of the American Planning Association has presented Marstel-Day, LLC with the 2012 “Outstanding Federal Planning Program Award” for the company’s support of the U.S. Air Force Encroachment Management Program. Marstel-Day was competitively selected for this award by an independent panel of faculty members from the Urban Planning and Policy Department of the University of Chicago. This is the second time the Fredericksburg-based company has received the award, receiving the 2009 Award for its work in landscape scale compatible land-use planning for the Marine Corps in eastern North Carolina.
Each year, FPD solicits award nominations in specific planning categories and then judges them based on their originality, quality, comprehensiveness, implementation, and transferability to other federal programs.
Marstel-Day’s award was based on the company’s central role in supporting the development and expansion of the Air Force Encroachment Management Program. Developing compatible land use strategies in cooperation with public officials and other external stakeholders plays a key role in encroachment management and can provide for the conservation of important open space and habitat.
Marstel-Day conceptualized the “Installation Complex Encroachment Management Action Plan” (ICEMAP) concept that comprehensively addresses encroachment issues for Air Force installations and for their associated military training routes and remote training ranges. The ICEMAP process includes land use planning and conservation strategies that seek to maintain military-compatible and ecologically-valuable land uses on a regional scale. Marstel-Day has completed or has underway approximately 30 ICEMAP projects in the U.S., Okinawa, and the United Kingdom. Within the US, the company’s encroachment management work has included ICEMAP projects for Air Force installations across the United States including March Air Reserve Base, Travis Air Force Base (AFB), and Edwards AFB in California; The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado; Patrick AFB in Florida; Robins AFB in Georgia, and Joint Base Andrews, home of Air Force One, in Maryland. The company has also assisted the Air Force in developing policy documents that provide the basis of the AF encroachment management program, including Air Force Instruction 90-2001 (currently under final review), Air Force Policy Directive 90-20, and implementation manuals such as the Air Force Commander’s Guide to Encroachment Management and the Commander’s Guide to Managing Energy Development Impacts.
Ms. Rebecca Rubin, President / CEO and founder of Marstel-Day, said “It is an honor for us to be recognized by the Federal Planning Division and to continue to support our Air Force clients in a way that simultaneously sustains military readiness and protects natural resources and the environment on a landscape scale.”
Marstel-Day is a growing environmental, land use, and conservation consulting company headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, with over 120 staff and seven offices located in Virginia, California, Colorado, Mississippi, and Texas.