Federal Agencies Collaborate at the Landscape Scale

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Defense (DoD), and Department of the Interior (DOI) established the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership in 2013 through a Memorandum of Understanding. Leadership from the three founding agencies coordinate the partnership at the national level through the Federal Coordinating Committee (FCC). The FCC consists of representatives from DoD, USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), the Farm Service Agency (FSA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

The FCC designates locations as sentinel landscapes and then works to connect private landowners with federal assistance programs that help them adopt and maintain sustainable management practices. By aligning these programs in sentinel landscapes, USDA, DoD, and DOI use taxpayer dollars more efficiently and accomplish more on the ground with fewer resources.

Federal Programs Active in Sentinel Landscapes

The interactive graphic below summarizes the federal programs that are active within the seven sentinel landscapes. Explore the graphic by hovering over the various priorities and programs.

Preserve open space and wildlands Improve water quality Strengthen populations and create wildlife corridors Improve forest health Protect prime soils Provide assistance for land and water resource management Encourage compatible land use Protect military training routes and special use airspace Provide noise and safety buffers SENTINEL LANDSCAPES Core Values and Programs P r o t e c t V i t a l M i l i t a r y T e s t a n d T r a i n i n g M i s s i o n s C o n s e r v e H a b i t a t a n d N a t u r a l R e s o u r c e s S t r e n g t h e n t h e E c o n o m i e s o f F a r m s , R a n c h e s , a n d F o r e s t s DoD Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program USFWS North American Wetlands Conservation Act Grants Migratory Bird Conservation Fund NPS Land and Water Conservation Fund USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Agricultural Conservation Easement Program Conservation Stewardship Program Environmental Quality Incentives Program Regional Conservation Partnership Program USDA Farm Service Agency Conservation Reserve Program D E P A R T M E N T O F A G R I C U L T U R E F O R E S T S E R V I C E U S USFS State and Private Forestry Forest Legacy Program Forest Stewardship Program Land and Water Conservation Fund Community Forest Program BLM National Conservation Areas NOAA Coastal Estuarine Land Conservation Program DoD Natural Resources Program Legacy Program DoD Office of Economic Adjustment Joint Land Use Studies