Establishing a Sentinel Landscape
What are Sentinel Landscapes?
The U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA), Defense (DoD), and the Interior (DOI) established the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership through a Memorandum of Understanding in 2013. The Partnership is a nationwide federal, local and private collaboration dedicated to promoting natural resource sustainability and the preservation of agricultural and conservation land uses in areas surrounding military installations. Agencies from the three Departments coordinate the Partnership at the national level through the Sentinel Landscapes Federal Coordination Committee (FCC).
The West Traverse Community Partnership looks forward to the Sentinel Landscapes designation at Camp Williams. The FCC requires the following three core requirements are met prior to the designation:
1. An anchor military installation with a military mission that benefits from compatible land uses outside of the installation’s boundaries;
2. A defined landscape associated with the anchor installation where federal, state, local, and private programs and efforts can be coordinated to support voluntary conservation and landowner involvement; and
3. Articulated goals and outcomes that promote and sustain compatible land uses for military operations while providing tangible benefits to conservation and working lands within the defined Landscape.
We feel confident this criteria can be met and soon we will have the designation. Join us in this effort!
“The Sentinel Landscapes Partnership is an important conservation tool benefiting some of the nation's most significant working landscapes and wildlife habitat. The designation is proof that we can preserve military readiness while also protecting important landscapes and wildlife habitat.”
- Michael Bean, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks at Interior