Federal Agencies Collaborate at the Landscape Scale
The Sentinel Landscapes Partnership enables the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Defense (DOD), and Department of the Interior (DOI) to collaborate for greater impact in locations where significant agricultural and natural resources, species habitat, and military training needs intersect. The USDA, DOD, and DOI established the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership through a Memorandum of Understanding in 2013 (updated in 2022).
Leadership from the participating agencies coordinate the partnership at the national level through the Federal Coordinating Committee (FCC). The FCC consists of representatives from the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and Forest Service, the DOD Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program, and the DOI Fish and Wildlife Service.
The FCC collaborates with state, municipal, and tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, landowners, and land managers to develop and implement projects on the ground within the sentinel landscapes. This enables the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership to consider each individual sentinel landscape's unique geography, economic drivers, cultural heritage, and natural resource challenges.
The FCC also designates sentinel landscapes that hold onsite benefits for the FCC member agencies to collaborate on natural resource conservation and management. Once sentinel landscapes are designated, the FCC works to connect landowners and land managers in these areas with voluntary federal and state assistance programs that support adopting and maintaining sustainable land management practices. Overall, the USDA, DOD, and DOI use taxpayer dollars more efficiently by aligning their efforts in sentinel landscapes to accelerate work 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 sentinel landscapes. Explore the graphic by hovering over the various priorities and programs.y