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.