LAND USE

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Land – particularly our unique and native longleaf pine-wiregrass ecosystem – is arguably our most precious natural resource at Fort Bragg. Fort Bragg cannot serve our nation’s Soldiers with no training lands. The installation maintains viable training lands and urban areas to ensure military readiness and promote smart growth in the region surrounding Fort Bragg.

  • Urban Forestry
  • Erosion Control
  • Native Landscaping
  • Naturalization
  • Compatible Land Use
  • Habitat Management

HABITAT MANAGEMENT …

The Fort Bragg Environmental Management Branch, Endangered Species Branch and the Fort Bragg Forestry Branch of the Environmental Division of the Directorate of Public Works conduct endangered species and habitat management projects.

  • Population Monitoring for Rare and Endangered Species
  • Controlled Burning
  • Pine Thinning and Harvesting
  • Reforestation

There are numerous Species at Risk, Threatened Species and Species of Concern and five Federally Endangered species on the installation including the red cockaded woodpecker and the Saint Francis Satyr butterfly.

Monitoring and management efforts have been incredibly successful and have been emulated by other installations. Thousands of acres of training lands that were once restricted due to the presence of endangered species have been opened for use by our Soldiers.

ARMY COMPATIBLE USE BUFFER …

Fort Bragg developed the first Army Compatible Use Buffer Program. The ACUB creates land conservation partnerships between the Army and community entities to protect native species and the military mission from development that is incompatible with their needs. The ACUB is now in effect at over 18 other military installations.

Learn more about ACUB here

NORTH CAROLINA SANDHILLS CONSERVATION PARTNERSHIP …

Fort Bragg is also an active partner in the North Carolina Sandhills Conservation Partnership. The NCSCP is a partnership comprised of regional agencies, private land owners and other area organizations with stakes in compatible development and the resources required to implement crucial habitat restoration and protection initiatives. Other partner agencies include The Nature Conservancy, the Sandhills Area Land Trust, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. The NCSCP has leveraged over $58 million in federal, state and local funds to recover the Sandhills population of the endangered red cockaded woodpecker. The partnership has protected over 16 miles of the Fort Bragg boundary and has conserved over 18,000 acres of longleaf pine forest.

Learn more about the NCSCP here

TREE CITY USA …

Since 2005, Fort Bragg has been honored as a Tree City USA. The National Arbor Day Foundation recognizes Tree City USA communities for their commitment to environmental improvements and tree maintenance. Fort Bragg has also received the Tree City USA Growth Award for seven consecutive years for progress in the areas of community forestry programs, education and public relations, continuing education for tree managers, planning and management, municipal funding, and tree inventory and analysis.

Visit the National Arbor Day Foundation here

ARBOR DAY …

Fort Bragg celebrates North Carolina Arbor Day on the first Friday following March 15. Special tree planting ceremonies and events are held in observance of this occasion every year. In the past, Arbor Day has been observed at Devers Elementary School, the Fort Bragg Grove of Honor, the Warrior Transition Battalion and the 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum. If your unit or agency is interested in hosting an Arbor Day tree planting or volunteering for this event, please call 910.432.8476 or 396.3341.

NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY …

Fort Bragg also observes National Public Lands Day at the end of September each year. The occasion is usually marked with a special event in collaboration with Fort Bragg military units, directorates and agencies. Past events include an installation of a bee and butterfly garden at the Grove of Honor, a beautification project at Wilson Park and a planting of a memorial garden at Survivor Outreach Services. Information on volunteer projects for National Public Lands Day will be posted as events warrant. If your unit or agency is interested in hosting a National Public Lands Day event or volunteering for this event, please call 910.432.8476 or 396.3341.

Learn more about National Public Lands Day here

ARBOR BOARD …

The Fort Bragg Arbor Board is a multifunctional committee that reviews landscape plans and develops the necessary policies to standardize landscaping and tree planting on the installation in accordance with the Installation Design Guide. The board is comprised of a variety of individuals with expertise in architecture, wildlife biology, historic properties management, urban forestry, engineering and grounds maintenance. The Arbor Board received the 2010 North Carolina Urban Forestry Award for Outstanding Tree Board or Urban Forestry Committee.

FOR MORE INFORMATION …

Contact the Sustainable Land Use Planner at 432.2692.

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