The U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Defense and the Interior announced an initiative in 2013 — the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership, The Sentinel Landscapes Partnership is a coalition of federal agencies, state and local governments, and non-governmental organizations that works with private landowners to advance sustainable land management practices around military installations and ranges. The partnership’s mission is to strengthen military readiness, conserve natural resources, bolster agricultural and forestry economies, and increase climate change resilience.
Sentinel landscape partners accomplish their objective by connecting private landowners with voluntary state and federal assistance programs that provide tax reductions, agricultural loans, disaster relief, educational opportunities, technical aid, and funding for conservation easements. By aligning these programs in sentinel landscapes, government agencies use taxpayer dollars more efficiently and accomplish more on the ground with fewer resources.
Over the past seven years, sentinel landscape partners have worked with private landowners to permanently protect over 467,000 acres of land and implement sustainable management practices on an additional 2.3 million acres around high-value military testing and training areas. These efforts have preserved wildlife habitat, bolstered agricultural and forestry production, and reduced land-use conflicts around military bases. To learn about landowner assistance programs that are available to you, please explore the Landowner Resources Tool on the Sentinel Landscapes website.