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.
Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sustains the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
DoD Natural Resources Program
The DoD's Natural Resources Program supports the military's testing and training mission by protecting its biological resources.
DoD Office of Economic Adjustment
The DoD's Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) provides assistance to local communities as they adapt to DoD program changes, expansions and cutbacks, as well as incompatibilities between military operations and local development.
DoD Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
In addition to understanding and predicting changes in climate, weather, oceans and coast, NOAA conserves and manages coastal and marine ecosystems and resources. The Agency has direct authority to regulate and sustain marine fisheries; habitats and ecosystems; and sanctuaries and other protected places.
National Park Service (NPS)
The National Park Service (NPS) preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the benefit of present and future generations.
USDA Farm Service Agency
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides financial and technical assistance to all farmers, ranchers, and agricultural partners. The FSA administers farm commodity, crop insurance, credit, environmental, conservatioin, and emergency assistance programs for farmers and ranchers.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides financial and technical assistance to America's farmers and ranchers to voluntarily conserve working lands, not only helping the environment but also the working character of America's agricultural lands.
U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) manages and protects national forests and grasslands with the goal of sustaining the health, diversity, and productivity of these areas to meet the needs of present and future generations.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is dedicated to working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continued benefit of the American people.