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Director's Corner

Dan Ashe served as FWS Director from June 2011 until January 2017. The following is an archive of blogs authored by Director Ashe during that time. This content is intended for historical reference only and not as a representation of current Service policy or opinion.

Interior, Agriculture and Defense Departments Conserve Wildlife Habitat Near Military Bases

Streaked horn larkThe streaked horn lark is just one species that will be helped by the first Sentinel Landscapes project. Photo by David Maloney

You may not think of it right away, but the U.S. military is an important partner in conservation.  Many military bases include thousands of acres of prime habitat for wildlife, and we and other federal agencies have increasingly worked hand-in-hand with our armed services on conservation projects that ensure military readiness is maintained.

In May, for example, we honored Navy Base Coronado in California for its successful management of  nesting areas used by the endangered California least tern and threatened western snowy plover and for its conservation efforts on San Clemente Island to remove non-native species and help wildlife recover – all this in addition to the base’s main job of protecting our nation.

Today, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell joined Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Defense Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Installations and Environment John Conger to announce the Sentinel Landscapes program, an initiative designed to conserve wildlife habitat in areas around military bases.


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