Five Regions Get Sentinel Landscape Designation for Readiness, Conservation Near Bases

May 20, 2024

The federal government last week designated five more regions as sentinel landscapes, according to a DOD story.

“The Sentinel Landscapes Partnership provides DOD with the unique opportunity to expand and diversify our partnerships with nongovernmental organizations, state and local governments, tribes and land managers to enhance the resilience of military installations and the local communities that support them,” Brendan Owens, assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment, said.

The new designations are:

  • Eastern New Mexico Sentinel Landscape near Cannon Air Force Base and the Melrose Air Force Range
  • Great Salt Lake Sentinel Landscape in Utah near Hill Air Force Base, Camp Williams, Tooele Army Depot and Air Force Little Mountain Test Facility
  • Hawaii Sentinel Landscape on the islands of Kauai, Oahu and Hawaii that have come under threats posed by rapid urban development and climate change
  • Kittatinny Ridge Sentinel Landscape in Pennsylvania near Fort Indiantown Gap
  • Mojave Desert Sentinel Landscape in California near the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, National Training Center Fort Irwin, Edwards Air Force Base, Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake and Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow

Founded in 2013, the partnership represents the combined effort of DOD and the departments of Agriculture and Interior to strengthen military readiness, conserve natural resources, increase outdoor recreation and enhance climate resilience, the story noted.

Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexcia Givens

May 20, 2024

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