Economic analysis of payments required to establish longleaf pine habitat on private lands to facilitate training on military installationsThis article is part of a larger document. View the larger document here.
Steady population growth, urbanization, increased military presence, and the 2030 completion of two significant “super highway”infrastructure projects stand to fundamentally reshape the landscape in eastern North Carolina and increase pressure on the state’s land-based industries (Marstel-Day 2012). With similar trends occurring throughout rural communities in the Southeast, the question of how to address tradeoffs between land-based economic sectors will become increasingly vital to policymakers and planners. In this paper, we analyze a representative tradeoff in eastern North Carolina: the tradeoff between military training capabilities and the protection of essential habitat for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker (RCW) (Picoides borealis).