The Market Based Conservation Initiative pilot program tested methods of establishing cost effective alternatives to ensuring military readiness by protecting and promoting family farms and forests. The Program focused on the land under a specific 2 mile wide flight training route and special use airspace crossing over 18 eastern North Carolina counties.
Over $3 million in landowner contract and program funds were provided by the Department of Defense, the US Navy, the US Marine Corps, the North Carolina Agriculture Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund and North Carolina State University.
Landowners owning working lands property under the flight path or special use airspace were offered the opportunity to submit a per acre bid to enter into a term limited contract with the Foundation and place certain requirements on their land. Enrolled landowner will receive a yearly payment for up to 30 years from the Foundation for these ecosystem services.
The Landowner will be required to
The final project analysis report is aviable below.
The pilot's enrollment portion of the program closed Summer 2015. A program summary is available below.