The U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Defense and the Interior announced a new initiative in 2013 — the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership, a nationwide federal, local and private collaboration dedicated to promoting natural resource sustainability in areas surrounding military installations. The Partnership identifies opportunities that benefit national defense, local economies and conservation of natural resources. Where shared interests can be identified within a landscape, the Partnership will coordinate mutually beneficial programs and strategies to preserve, enhance or protect habitat and working lands near military installations; reduce, prevent or eliminate restrictions that inhibit military testing and training; prevent incompatible development near our military facilities.
Sentinel Landscapes are working or natural lands important to the nation’s defense mission — places where preserving the working and rural character of key landscapes strengthens the economies of farms, ranches and forests; conserves habitat and natural resources; and protects vital test and training missions conducted on those military installations that anchor such landscapes.
The Sentinel Landscapes Partnership has officially launched a 2021 designation cycle! Apply today to become part of an innovative community working to strengthen military readiness, conserve natural resources, bolster agricultural and forestry economies, and increase climate change resilience. Information on this exciting opportunity can be found on the partnership’s website here.
All parties interested in applying for a designation must submit a pre-proposal through the partnership’s website by 8:00 PM ET on March 29th, 2021. Those that put forward the most promising submissions will be invited to complete a full proposal. Applicants will then have at least 60 business days to write their full proposals. The partnership will announce final designations by no later than December 2021.
Founded in 2013, the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership is a coalition of federal agencies, state and local governments, and non-governmental organizations that works to advance mutually beneficial land-use goals in project areas known as sentinel landscapes. The partnership accomplishes this mission by connecting private landowners with government assistance programs that offset the cost of sustainable management practices, conservation projects, or climate change adaptation measures. Sentinel landscape designations lead to a myriad of benefits for local partnerships, including resources to hire a partnership coordinator and priority consideration for certain federal funding opportunities.
Representatives from the partnership will be available to answer questions about the designation cycle during a live help session webinar scheduled for February 3rd, 2021, from 1:00 PM ET – 2:30 PM ET. For more information about the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership, please visit the initiative’s website.
The 2020 Sentinel Landscapes Accomplishments Report is now available! The report outlines how the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership enables the Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Defense (DoD), and Department of the Interior (DOI) to collaborate on land conservation and natural resource restoration projects that enhance national security by increasing the resilience of military installations and ranges.
The report’s findings demonstrate that over the past seven years, $141 million in DoD funds have been leveraged with $223 million in USDA funds, $41 million in DOI funds, $169 million in state funds, $15 million in local funds, and $80 million in private funds to support partnership projects. These contributions have protected over 467,000 acres of land and implemented sustainable management practices on 2.3 million acres around high-value military testing and training areas.
The report was recently featured in a news article published by DoD about the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership. The article highlights the Partnership’s accomplishments to date and showcases a 12-minute documentary released in April that tells the stories of the farmers, ranchers, conservationists, and military bases working together through sentinel landscapes to create a more sustainable future.
To find more information about the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership, please visit our website. As always, please reach out with any questions or comments.