The Sentinel Landscapes Partnership is a coalition of federal agencies, state and local governments, and nongovernmental organizations that works with private landowners to advance sustainable land management practices around military installations and ranges. This approach promotes land use that is compatible with the national defense mission while allowing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other partners to restore, enhance, and manage natural resources at the landscape scale. Sentinel Landscape Partnerships are enabling the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to work with partners to address species recovery and restoration, water quantity and quality challenges, and wildlife habitat connectivity.

Sentinel landscapes help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service achieve its mission by focusing limited resources to ecosystems that support priority species and habitats. The program works 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 focusing the resources of multiple agencies on to a Sentinel Landscape, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners use taxpayer dollars more efficiently and achieve greater conservation outcomes.


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We foster collaborative partnerships with the Department of Defense to promote conservation on military lands. Working under the authority of the Sikes Act, we offer guidance and field support for the conservation and management of fish and wildlife resources on military installations while...