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North Carolina Sandhills Conservation Partnership

The North Carolina Sandhills Conservation Partnership (NCSCP) was created in April 2000 with the mission to protect, enhance, and restore the unique Sandhills environment. Even though each participating organization has a different set of objectives, members understand that working together is the best solution for accomplishing mutual goals. In 2010, a new Memorandum of Understanding was signed, which reinforces the agreement between partners to cooperatively implement conservation strategies that generate benefits for Sandhills natural resources and the people of the region.

Examples of successes that have been achieved as a result of the NCSCP include: the development of a regional GIS database through which partners share spatial information; an ability to leverage state, federal, and private funds to protect lands that provide wildlife and human recreation benefits; and the recovery of the NC Sandhills population of the endangered Red-cockaded woodpecker to levels identified in the national recovery plan. In addition, results compiled through a 10-year review conducted in 2010 indicate that the NCSCP provides partners with invaluable opportunities to build their personal and professional networks, to bolster internal capacity and support for accomplishing conservation objectives, and to demonstrate the success of the collaborative approach to conservation.

NCSCP Steering Committee Partners, Working Groups, and Stakeholders

The North Carolina Sandhills Conservation Partnership is run by a steering committee of partners that serve as the voting members for decisions made.

logo for Fort BraggThe mission of the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg is to ensure the Army's current and future realistic training requirements are met in harmony with our environment and natural resources through the perpetuation of all natural communities that occur on Fort Bragg and Camp Mackall, with special emphasis on those communitieies that are composed of longleaf pine and wiregrass. Management programs are implemented for recovery and sustainment of threatened or endangered species and other species associated with each natural community.

NCDFR logoThe mission of the North Carolina Forest Service is to develop, protect, and manage the multiple resources of North Carolina's forests through professional stewardship, enhancing the quality of life for our citizens while ensuring the continuity of these vital resources.

logo for NC State ParksThe North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation exists for the enjoyment, education, health and inspiration of all our citizens and visitors. The mission of the state parks system is to conserve and protect representative examples of the natural beauty, ecological features and recreational resources of statewide significance; to provide outdoor recreational opportunities in a safe and healthy environment; and to provide environmental education opportunities that promote stewardship of the state's natural heritage.

logo for NC Wildlife Resources CommissionThe mission of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commision is to manage, restore, develop, cultivate, conserve, protect and regulate North Carolina's wildlife resources.

TNC logoThe mission of the Nature Conservancy's North Carolina Chapter is to preserve the plants, animals, and plant communities that represent the diversity of the Sandhills of North Carolina by protecting the land and water they need to survive.

Natural Heritage logoThe Office of Conservation, Planning, and Community Affairs works to develop and implement a comprehensive approach to guide statewide natural resource conservation.

logo for Sandhills Area Land TrustThe mission of the Sandhills Area Land Trust is to protect natural areas and farmlands of the Sandhills region.

logo for Sandhills Ecological InstituteThe mission of the Sandhills Ecological Institute is to conduct research and monitoring studies for scientific and compliance purposes. Specifically, SEI's three primary goals are: to conduct research involving investigations of the longleaf pine and related ecosystems in North Carolina and South Carolina; to engage in and promote scientific study and education regarding the longleaf pine and related ecosystems; and to engage in scientific studies and education regarding the red-cockaded woodpecker and its habitats.

logo for U.S. Army Environmental CommandThe mission of the U.S. Army Environmental Command (USAEC) is to serve as the field-operating agency to integrate, oversee, and coordinate the implementation of the Army's Environmental Program under the direction of the Director of Environmental Programs at Headquarters, Department of Army (HQDA). The USAEC provides technical services and products to HQDA, major subordinate commands, and installation commanders. The Army relies on the expertise of the Conservation Branch to support and achieve conservation goals. Conservation programs promote readiness, enhance training and the quality of life, and support the Army's commitment to remain strong stewards of the environment.

logo for U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceThe mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is, working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Central to this mission, the Fish and Wildlife Service, along with state natural resource agencies, private lands partners, and other stakeholders, is dedicated to providing and protecting a healthy environment for fish and wildlife and people. In the North Carolina Sandhills, the Service's priority is to implement the principles of ecosystem management to promote the recovery of the red-cockaded woodpecker, other endangered, threatened and federal species of concern endemic to the longleaf pine ecosystem.

The NCSCP consists of several working groups: Communication Working Group, Land Protection Working Group, RCW Recovery Working Group, Reserve Design Working Group, and the Resource Management Working Group.

Although they cannot vote, the role of stakeholder is still very integral to NCSCP's success. Because they have an interest in NCSCP's dealings, stakeholders attend meetings and participate in the working groups that handle the general activities of the partnership. NCSCP's stakeholders include BRAC Regional Task Force, N.C. Department of Agriculture, N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Department of Transportation, N.C. Natural Heritage Program, Fort Bragg Regional Land Use Advisory Commission, Sustainable Sandhills and representatives of North Carolina landowners, consulting foresters, pine needle harvesters, and the real estate industry.