Sentinel Landscapes: A Novel Approach to Land Conservation
By Jennifer Schultz | Vol . 22, No. 12 / March 2014
The U.S. Department of Defense operates more than 420 major military bases in the United States. While most were built in relatively isolated locations, the rapid pace of development in recent years has pushed communities closer to perimeter fences, jeopardizing the military’s ability to operate effectively. Incompatible development around a military base can restrict access to training areas, present obstacles to aircraft, interfere with night training through light pollution, and degrade communication frequencies. It also consumes surrounding farmland and wildlife habitat. The Sentinel Landscapes Partnership is a unique collaboration between federal agencies to sustain military readiness, preserve agricultural land, and protect wildlife habitat by focusing on areas where these priorities overlap.
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