In coordination with the Sustaining Military Readiness (SMR) Planning Committee, we've made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 SMR Conference planned for August 10-13 in San Antonio, Texas.
The U.S. Department of Defense relies on critical land, air and sea space in which it can train troops and test vital weapon systems. These testing and training areas, once remote in location, now face increasing encroachment. Housing developments and schools built adjacent to installations pose safety concerns. Conversely, noise and dust from military training exercises are a nuisance to those same schools and housing developments.
The Sentinel Landscapes Partnership is an innovative collaboration to promote compatible land use around important military facilities.
While large rural landscapes such as farms, ranches and forestland are vital to sustaining agricultural and timber productivity and protecting wildlife habitat, they are also good neighbors to military bases. Private landowners maintaining rural lands, in some cases for decades and without due recognition, have significantly contributed to the nation’s defense.
Through the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, the Interior and Defense are recognizing and incentivizing landowners to:
- maintain working lands,
- undertake conservation practices that benefit wildlife habitat, and
- continue land-use practices that are compatible with the military’s mission.
NRI understands the unique relationship between natural resources and national defense and is assisting these departments in implementing Sentinel Landscapes. It provides its management expertise in programs and policy development where national defense requirements and natural resource interests meet. Watch this compelling documentary developed by the NRI and the partnership to tell the story of Sentinel Landscapes across the country:
For more information, see the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership website.
Jaime Simon is a program director for the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute’s Military Land Sustainability Program, supporting the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment‘s Readiness and En…
The D.C. Environmental Film Festival will hold the first public screening of the documentary “The Sentinels” on Friday, March 13th at the U.S. Department of the Interior, located at 1849 C Street NW, Washington D.C.
An exciting new documentary that explores the benefits of the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership will premiere on Friday, March 13th at the 2020 D.C. Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C. Now in its 27th year, the Festival is considered the world’s premiere showcase of environmentally-themed films.
The Sentinel Landscapes Partnership is proud to introduce an Interactive Landowner Resources Tool as part of the newly designed website to make it easier for private landowners to find voluntary state and federal landowner assistance programs.
The Collaborative Wildlife Protection and Recovery Initiative (CWPRI) is a voluntary, informal partnership of federal and state agencies and non-governmental parties interested in recovering listed species and preventing new listings under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
It's our pleasure to announce that the 2019 Sentinel Landscapes Accomplishments Report is now available featuring the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership's achievements through Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.
The 2019 SERPPAS Principals Meeting, chaired by DoD Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Environment and the Commissioner of Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR), was held on June 4-5, 2019, at the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
The Departments of Agriculture, Defense and Interior have designated portions of southern Georgia as the newest Sentinel Landscape designed to protect natural resources, enhance habitat for several key species, and maintain military readiness. The Georgia Sentinel Landscape was selected because of its broad partnerships and defined objectives.
N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler today announced the federal designation of 33 counties as the North Carolina Sentinel Landscape, and the development of voluntary programs of incentives for landowners and local governments that desire to participate.
The U.S. Departments of Defense (DoD), Agriculture and the Interior today announced the addition of three military bases to the Sentinel Landscape Partnership, a conservation effort begun in 2013 to improve military readiness, protect at-risk and endangered species, enhance critical wildlife habitat and restore working agricultural and natural lands in the Southeast and Midwest.
A Texas A&M University System institute is playing an integral role in a new federal, local and private collaboration
In 2013, the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Agriculture, and Department of the Interior came together in collaboration to launch the Sentinel Landscape program. This program is an innovative approach to landscape conservation—recognizing the seemingly disparate but actually interwoven values of national security, conservation, and working lands and leveraging this cross-sector collaboration to unite people and secure the future of landscapes across the country.
Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR) military land sustainability (MLS) program is playing an integral role in the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership, an initiative between the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the U.S. Department of the Interior, according to Bruce Beard, associate director for IRNR’s MLS program.