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November 15, 2018


Voting Members Present: Jessie Belflowers, Hope Mills; Kathy Blake (Proxy for Paul Sabiston), Aberdeen; Roland Hall, Sampson County; Mark Locklear, Harnett County (Secretary); Robert McLaughlin, Wagram (Chairman); John K McNeill, Raeford (Vice Chairman) and Theresa Thompson (Proxy for Debra Ensminger), Moore County.


Voting Members Absent: Bob Davis, Scotland County; Tony Buzzard, Lillington; Patsy Carson, Erwin; Tracy Jackson, Cumberland County; Daniel Kelly, Hoffman; Chris Kennedy, Southern Pines; Kris Kosem, Vass; Dixon Ivey, Jr, Robeson County; Mike Mandville, Laurinburg; Kim Nazarzik, Eastover; Tracy Parris, Richmond County; Daniel Geralds, Spring Lake; Michelle Lexo, Whispering Pines; Jeff Sanborn, Pinehurst; Harry Southerland, Hoke County;

Additional Board of Directors Present: Susan Miller, US Fish & Wildlife Service; Glen Prillaman, At Large; Andy Spendlove, Fort Bragg;

Non-Voting Members Present: Jim Dougherty, Executive Director RLUAC; Glenda Dye, Mid-Carolina COG; Pete Edmonds, Fort Bragg; Robert Farrell, Hoke County; Barry Hull, Fort Bragg; Monica Stephenson, Fort Bragg

Guests Present: Jennifer Boptiste, Fayetteville; Cynthia Blot, COF; Jackie Britcher, Fort Bragg; Ana Castillo, Sandhills Conservation Partnership; Drew Brooks, Fayetteville Observer; Kacy Cook, NC Wildlife Resources Commission; Jason Epley, Benchmark Planning; Chester Green, Fayetteville; Conrad Marshall, Aid to Rep. John Szoka; Christine Michaels, Greater Fayetteville Chamber; Erin Pesut, Sustainable Sandhills; Eric Vitale, FAMPO; Sharon Williams, Fayetteville;

I. CALL TO ORDER – Chairman Robert McLauughlin called the meeting to order at 12:00 noon. He then asked the attendees to introduce themselves.

II. INVOCATION – Roland Hall offered the invocation for the meeting.

III. PRESENTATION – “Fort Bragg Construction Update” – Andy Spendlove, Chief Master Planning Division DPW, Fort Bragg – Spendlove reported that Fort Bragg has approximately 50,000 troops and another 14,000 civilians working on the post. In total, the installation supports a population of roughly 140,500 people when counting the military personnel, their families, Department of Army civilians and contractors. Fort Bragg has almost 10% of all army forces. The fort has over 146,000 acres of training area and 5,000 facilities totaling more than 53,600,000 square feet.  Milcon (military construction money) spending at Fort Bragg has averaged $183,000,000 annually for the past 33 years - netting growth of 20.6 million square feet of building space. This Milcon expenditure at Fort Bragg has made it the largest US Army post in both building space and in population.

Fort Bragg is completing its latest Area Development Plan, which is due to be finalized in December. The Plan will serve as a guide for the vision and installation planning through the year 2035.

Spendlove reported that Fort Bragg construction projects completed during the August 16th through November 17th time period totaled $546.1M. The current projects under construction at this time total $343.2 M.

Fort Bragg is projected to receive an additional $699.3M in Milcon money during the FY18 – 24 time period – with $657.8M of it going to Special Ops projects.

ACTION: Information

IV. PRESENTATION – “Managing for Selected Species of Concern in the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem” – Ana Castillo, Conservation Planner, US Fish and Wildlife Service – Castillo explained that species of concerns include plants and animals that are believed to be declining or threatened. They currently receive no legal protection and they are not necessarily going to be listed as threatened or endangered in the future. She said that there are currently 193 plants, fish, and other wildlife species of concern in the Sandhills. There is great biodiversity in the Sandhills with more than 3,000 element occurrences of biodiversity.

Rare Species Management recommendations include; prescribed fires – frequency and timing; mechanical and chemical application consideration; and timber harvest activities.

Castillo provided examples of several species of concern in the Sandhills. They include the Sandhills Pyxie-moss, the Boykins Lobelia, the Dusty Roadside-Skipper, the Frosted Elfin, the Pinewoods Darter, the Eastern Pond Mussel, and the Mabees Salamander.

In summary Castillo explained that the Sandhills area is a biodiversity hotspot. However, there is a lack of fundamental knowledge on how to best manage some of these species of concern. Finally, some plants and animals benefit from key management activities such as prescribed fire.

ACTION: Information



JLUS Resolution of Endorsement – Roland Hall made a motion to approve the resolution of endorsement for the new Joint Land Use Study and John K. McNeill seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

ACTION: Approved

New RLUAC Officers – Jessie Belflowers made a motion to accept the Board of Directors nominated officers to lead RLUAC for the next two years. They include John K. McNeill for Chairman, Mark Locklear for Vice Chairman, and Mike Lynch for Secretary. Roland Hall Seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

ACTION: Approved

Minutes – Mark Locklear made a motion to approve the minutes for the Quarterly meeting held on August 16th and John K. McNeill seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

ACTION: Approved

Financial Report – Glenda Dye reported that RLUAC had a cash balance of
$ 24,860.51 on June 30, 2018. Receipts for July 1 through October 31 totaled
$ 10,862.50 (from membership dues). Expenditures for the same quarter totaled $ 12,200.73. That left a balance of $ 23,522.28 on October 31, 2018. Roland Hall made a motion to approve the financial report and Jessie Belflowers seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

ACTION: Approved

VII. ADJOURN - There being no further business, McLaughlin adjourned the meeting at 1:05 PM.


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