Fredericksburg, VA (Vocus) April 21, 2010
Marstel-Day , LLC was announced as the winner of the 2009 American Planning Association, Federal Planning Division Award for an “Outstanding Collaborative Planning Project” that exemplifies the benefits of a federal agency working collaboratively with other federal, state and local agencies to improve land use planning and coordination, to avoid duplication of programs, and to promote working relationships among diverse land use stakeholders. The award ceremony was held on Friday, April 9, 2010 at the American Planning Association/Federal Planning Division conference in New Orleans. Marstel-Day President Rebecca R. Rubin said, “We are honored to be recognized for this work in support of the United States Marine Corps, Marine Corps Installations East (MCI East), an organization that is held in high regard for its extraordinary vision and leadership. ”
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."