Fort Huachuca Sentinel Landscape
AboutLocated in rural southern Arizona, Fort Huachuca features the premier restricted military airspace for unmanned aircraft system training in the Western United States. An appreciation for the installation’s national defense mission, coupled with the region’s long history of cattle ranching, remote location, and unique high-altitude and mountainous geography, has created an environment where local stakeholders collaborate to solve shared problems. This tradition continues today as Fort Huachuca Sentinel Landscape partners work cooperatively to tackle critical issues such as water conservation, long-term agricultural viability, wildlife habitat restoration, and military mission protection.
Interactive Landscape Map
Total Funding by Partner
Total Acres Protected and Enrolled
Strengthening the Military Mission at Fort Huachuca
Funding acquired through the Department of Defense’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program has helped Fort Huachuca conserve 13,857 acres within the Buffalo Soldier Electronic Test Range, decreasing the probability of incompatible development within the range complex and beneath the installation’s restricted airspace. Additionally, sentinel landscape partners have used funds from the Arizona Military Installation Fund to preserve local wetlands, which in turn created 4,371 acre-feet of water savings for Fort Huachuca and significantly lessened the burden on groundwater use within the Upper San Pedro River watershed.
Collaborative Endangered Species Recovery
Sentinel landscape partners participated in projects that contributed to the delisting of the lesser long-nosed bat from the Endangered Species Act—making it the first bat in history to be removed due to recovery efforts. At the time of its initial listing in 1998, fewer than 1,000 of the bats existed in the region. Today, an estimated 200,000 bats populate 75 roosts throughout the Southwestern United States and Mexico. To ensure that the lesser long-nosed bat continues to thrive following its delisting, sentinel landscape partners are working with private landowners to increase the accessibility of food and other resources for the bat.
Unconventional Partnerships to Promote Military Readiness
In 2018, Fort Huachuca partnered with the Coronado National Forest Sierra Vista Ranger District Office to conduct a Joint Operational Integration Assessment on 14,000 acres land within the Huachuca Mountain Range. The Huachuca Mountains rise almost 8,400 feet above the desert floor and offer terrain similar to a modern battlefield. The no-impact exercise allowed Army soldiers and Marines to perform signals intelligence collection and active electronic warfare operations in a realistic combat environment.
Expanding Prescribed Fire
Sentinel landscape partners have improved the region’s ecological health by expanding the use of prescribed fire. Since 2015, Fort Huachuca and U.S. Forest Service crews have administered over 19,000 acres of prescribed fire on the installation, significantly contributing to fuel reduction, habitat improvement, and wildfire mitigation in the area.
+- Federal Partners
- U.S. Army
- U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (FSA)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service (USFS)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
- U.S. Department of Defense, Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI)
- U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau for Land Management (BLM)
- U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
- U.S. Geological Survey
+- State Partners
- Arizona Department of Agriculture
- Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs
- Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
- Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management (DFFM)
- Arizona Department of Water Resources
- Arizona Game and Fish Department
- Arizona State Land Department
- University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
+- Private Partners
- Arizona Antelope Foundation
- Arizona Land and Water Trust
- Borderlands Restoration
- Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative
- Malpai Borderlands Group
- National Audubon Society
- National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
- Pheasants Forever
- Sky Island Alliance
- The Nature Conservancy
- Trust for Public Land
In The News
Fort Huachuca Fuel Treatments
Fuel treatments on Fort Huachuca produce forest structure and fuel characteristics that reduce the likelihood of future catastrophic fires in endangered species Protected Activity Centers.Read More
Sustaining the Land: Fort Huachuca Invites in Pollinators on Earth Day
Volunteers of all ages gathered at Lakeside Pond on Monday to help plant the installation’s first pollinator garden, to create a welcoming place for the hummingbirds, butterflies, and other insects that help grow the Earth’s plant and crop populations.Read More
Showcasing the Importance of Grasslands, Leopard Frogs and Livestock
In connection with the Sentinel Landscapes initiative, the Cooperative Extension, through the University of Arizona, hosts “Grasslands, Leopard Frogs and Livestock — Fort Huachuca’s 21st Century Allied Forces”.Read More
2019 Sentinel Landscapes Accomplishments Report
Fort Huachuca Fact Sheet
Fort Huachuca Strategic Plan
Fort Huachuca Detailed Map
Climate Change—The Basics
Ecosystem Services Fact Sheet
Prescribed Fire Fact Sheet
Grasslands Fact Sheet
Invasive Species Fact Sheet
Ranching Fact Sheet
Water Conservation Fact Sheet
Wildlife Corridors Fact Sheet
Meet the Coordinator
Alanna Riggs is a 6th generation cattle rancher from the Sulphur Springs Valley of Southeastern Arizona. She attended the University of Arizona, earning a degree in Range Ecology and Management. Now, Alanna lives within the Fort Huachuca Sentinel Landscape and is still involved in ranching, as well as landscape scale conservation and restoration.
October 30, 2019, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Fort Huachuca Sentinel Landscape Partnership MeetingThunder Mountain Activity Center
70525 Fort Huachuca
AZ 85613, USA
This event is the annual public meeting for all partners of the Sentinel Landscape, landowners and other stakeholders.
November 7, 2019, 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Southwestern Grasslands Research & Management Workshop1064 E. Lowell St
Tucson, AZ 85719
This workshop aims to: 1) advance the success of grassland restoration, and 2) identify opportunities for collaboration to scale up grassland restoration in the Southwest. This workshop will result in increased communication among and between researchers and practitioners and provide a forum to identify high-priority research needs and methods for increasing the scope and scale of grassland restoration.