Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPPAS)

Sentinel Landscapes

Sentinel Landscapes

Three 4th Fighter Wing F-15E Strike Eagles fly over forests and farmland during a training mission. The 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina hosted exercise Razor Talon to provide Air Force and Navy units on the East Coast an opportunity to participate in a low cost training exercise. The Sentinel Landscapes Partnership between DoD, USDA, and DOI works to establish and implement a coordinated and comprehensive strategy within a defined landscape to promote compatible land use around military bases, coordinate the delivery of Federal programs to landowners, and encourage State, Local, and NGO/private participation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Eric Harris/Released)


The U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Defense and the Interior announced a new initiative in 2013 - the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership, a nationwide collaboration dedicated to promoting natural resource sustainability in areas surrounding military installations.  The Partnership identifies opportunities that benefit national defense, local economies, and the conservation of natural resources. 

The concept of “Sentinel Landscapes” is to establish and implement a coordinated and comprehensive strategy within a defined landscape to promote compatible land use, coordinate the delivery of Federal programs to landowners, and encourage State, Local, and NGO/private participation.  To date, six Sentinel Landscapes have been designated across the country: Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA; Fort Huachuca, AZ; and Naval Air Station Patuxent River – Atlantic Test Ranges, MD, DE, and VA, Avon Park Air Force Range, FL; Camp Ripley, MN, and Eastern North Carolina. 

SERPPAS hopes to play a key role in supporting the development and implementation of Sentinel Landscape initiatives in the Southeast. SERPPAS is uniquely positioned to encourage collaboration between federal, state, and local partners due to its ability to plan holistically and make resource-use decisions for natural resources, working lands, and national defense.

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Date Title Author
11/03/17 2018 REPI Challenge RFP US Endowment for Forestry and Communities
09/27/17 REPI Newsletter: Summer 2017 REPI
09/01/17 State Acquires Land in Bay County for Base Buffering of Naval Support Activity Panama City FL DEP
06/21/17 USDA Aims to Work with Landowners to Restore 400,000 Acres of Longleaf Pine Forests on Private Lands USDA NRCS
06/01/17 REPI Newsletter Spring 2017 DoD REPI
05/02/17 REPI Challenge Announcement: Eastern North Carolina Sentinel Landscape Partnership REPI
04/19/17 Emerald Isle land purchase would also help prevent encroachment on military training in the area The Daily News
04/15/17 ALRI Interview with New Chair of Longleaf Partnership Council ALRI
04/05/17 Fort A.P. Hill accepts the 2017 Governor's Environmental Excellence Gold Award US Army Public Affairs
03/30/17 USDA Offers Renewal Options for Expiring Conservation Stewardship Program Contracts USDA NRCS
01/31/17 Longleaf Restoration Gets High Tech Help NFWF
12/14/16 Mapping the South's Protected Forests of the Future Project RFP U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities
12/12/16 2016 Sentinel Landscapes Accomplishment Report DoD, USDA, DOI
11/09/16 New NRCS Partnership Promotes Voluntary Conservation U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities
11/09/16 REPI Fall 2016 Newsletter DoD Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program
09/08/16 Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund awards more than $3.8 million for projects NCDAFP
09/01/16 Patriotic Pine: Longleaf Benefits National Defense REPI, Ryan Orndorff
09/01/16 Interview With the President of the Longleaf Alliance America's Longleaf Restoration Initiative
08/22/16 Pentagon Conservation Efforts Protect Rare Species — And Troops' Training Grounds WUNC
07/12/16 More Military Bases Join 'Sentinel Landscapes' for Readiness Enhancement DoD
06/28/16 The Birds and the Bombs BioGraphic
06/22/16 Townsend Bombing Range Fourth Recipient of Funding in 2016 REPI Challenge Cycle DoD REPI Program
02/17/16 The Open Space Institute Seeks Proposals for the Southern Cumberland Land Protection Fund The Open Space Institute
02/17/16 The Open Space Institute Seeks Proposals for the Southeast Resilient Landscapes Fund The Open Space Institute
02/12/16 Fort Huachuca Sentinel Landscape Conservation Project Selected for $5.9 Million NRCS Grant USDA NRCS
02/10/16 USDA Secretary Vilsak Announces Launch of the 2016 Regional Conservation Partnership Program USDA
01/02/16 North Carolina Grants Protect Land, Water, Historic Sites, and Military Buffer Zones Raleigh News & Observer
12/10/15 The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund has been established to fund conservation efforts in North Carolina and Virginia over the next 10 years U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities
11/13/15 Longleaf Stewardship Fund is Requesting Proposals for 2016! Due Date is Thursday, February 4th, 2016 (11:59PM EST) National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
10/09/15 2016 Readiness And Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program Challenge Request for Pre-Proposals U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities
10/04/15 Army, civilians work to maintain coastal Georgia forests Savannah Morning News
09/15/15 North Carolina budget brings some money to Fayetteville Fayetteville Observer
09/01/15 Public-private project will protect water, help longleaf pine restoration and military needs in Scotland County NC DEQ
06/30/15 NFWF Announces $4.6 Million in Funding for Restoration of Longleaf Pine Forest and Ecosystem Across the Southeast NFWF
08/01/14 Sentinel Landscapes: Where Conservation, Working Lands, and National Defense Interests Converge White House
07/17/13 Supporting Military Readiness and Training through Environmental Conservation White House