What is a Sentinel Landscape?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Defense (DoD), and Department of the Interior (DOI) define sentinel landscapes as areas in which natural and working lands are well suited to protect defense facilities from land use that is incompatible with the military's mission.

Once the Federal Coordinating Committee designates a location as a sentinel landscape, USDA, DoD, and DOI work with local partners to equip private landowners with the resources necessary to carry out sustainable management practices on their properties. Sustainable management practices such as farming, ranching, and forestry not only offer economic and ecological benefits but also protect defense facilities from incompatible development that can constrain the military's ability to carry out training and testing activities.

Sentinel landscape partners accomplish their objective by connecting private landowners with voluntary state and federal assistance programs that provide tax reductions, agricultural loans, disaster relief, educational opportunities, technical aid, and funding for conservation easements. By aligning these programs in sentinel landscapes, government agencies use taxpayer dollars more efficiently and accomplish more on the ground with fewer resources.

Over the past seven years, sentinel landscape partners have worked with private landowners to permanently protect over 467,000 acres of land and implement sustainable management practices on an additional 2.3 million acres around high-value military testing and training areas. These efforts have preserved wildlife habitat, bolstered agricultural and forestry production, and reduced land-use conflicts around military bases. To learn about landowner assistance programs that are available to you, please click below.

Discover Assistance

Explore the Sentinel Landscapes

Avon Park Air Force Range

  • Florida
  • Established 2016
Acres Protected
61,781
Acres Enrolled
744,112
Learn More

Camp Ripley

  • Minnesota
  • Established 2015
Acres Protected
15,766
Acres Enrolled
57,973
Learn More

Eastern North Carolina

  • North Carolina
  • Established 2016
Acres Protected
138,633
Acres Enrolled
770,137
Learn More

Fort Huachuca

  • Arizona
  • Established 2015
Acres Protected
62,633
Acres Enrolled
271,017
Learn More

Georgia

  • Georgia
  • Established 2018
Acres Protected
125,391
Acres Enrolled
209,419
Learn More

Joint Base Lewis McChord

  • Washington
  • Established 2013
Acres Protected
19,758
Acres Enrolled
78,949
Learn More

Middle Chesapeake

  • Maryland
  • Established 2015
Acres Protected
43,569
Acres Enrolled
130,845
Learn More