Friday, March 27, 2009

Working Lands Protection Program Survey Deadline Approaching

FORT BRAGG, NC (MAR 26) - The Fort Bragg/Pope AFB BRAC Regional Task Force today announced that the deadline to complete Working Lands Protection Program survey is approaching. The BRAC RTF, in conjunction with the Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center at Mount Olive College, is working to develop a Working Lands Protection Plan for each of our eleven counties.

Surveys are available online at, at each participating agency's Web site, and at each county's Cooperative Extension office. All surveys must be completed online or delivered to a county extension office by April 15.

The survey responses will provide a better understanding of agriculture and will also be used to evaluate the types of economic incentives offered to farmers and agri-businesses.
Non-farm resident participation is essential to ensure that issues such as green space and planned development are part of the plan as well. Farms and forests provide the ideal 'compatible land use' around Fort Bragg and at the same time provide numerous benefits to the county and its residents.

To receive a survey or for additional information, please contact Grace Lawrence, WLPP Director at (919) 518-6463 or

The BRAC Regional Task Force was established to unify the BRAC regional planning efforts of the 11 counties and 73 municipalities surrounding Fort Bragg and Pope AFB. BRAC RTF serves as the liaison between the military; the communities; state and federal agencies designated to provide community assistance for BRAC. For more information go to

Renee Lane
BRAC RTF Communications Outreach Coordinator

For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.