Results and Accomplishments
The Onslow Bight Conservation Forum was instrumental in protecting 2,400 acres adjacent to the
Lejeune tank and rifl e ranges—land once slated for development with more than 3,000 housing units. Besides being a serious encroachment threat to the Marine Corps, the potential for noise complaints from homeowners was staggering. Development would have caused further habitat loss and placed greater demands on federal and state lands to maintain the region’s biodiversity. In 2003, The Nature Conservancy purchased the parcel using funds pooled from participants. In exchange for its contribution, the Marine Corps obtained a restrictive easement governing property development. For its contribution, the State of
North Carolina obtained title to the property, which is now part of the state’s game preserve system, and open for public use.