DVIDS – News – Fort Huachuca collaborates with government and non-governmental organizations through the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership

FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. – Fort Huachuca and the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence hosted U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) personnel; the integration of Ministry of Defense environmental preparedness and protection; National and State Natural Resources Conservation Service; and University of Arizona College of Environment and Life Sciences (UofA), March 22-23.

The visit provided Fort Huachuca Sentinel Landscape partners the opportunity to come together and see projects in the field, as well as discuss future projects and partnerships.

“Fort Huachuca has benefited greatly from Sentinel Landscapes’ strong federal, state and local partnerships,” said Jeff Jennings, civilian deputy to the commanding generals of Fort Huachuca. “Through strong partner investment in the conservation and restoration of our unique working landscape, we will not only make Fort Huachuca more climate-resilient, but also preserve our mission capabilities vital to the Army’s continued modernization.

The new memorandum of understanding with the UofA expands the partnership with mutually beneficial projects for university faculty and students, as well as federal and private landowners.

“Through this newly formed collaborative engagement with UofA, Fort and Sentinel Landscape partners were able to highlight their landscape needs, catalyzing conversations about research opportunities and bringing academia into planning. term of climate resilience,” said Amber Morin, Fort Huachuca. Coordinator of the Sentinel Landscape program.

According to sentinellandscapes.org, Fort Huachuca was designated as a Sentinel Landscape by the USDA, U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), and U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) on April 8, 2015, Fort Huachuca supports efforts to promote working lands, protecting wildlife habitat and ensuring military readiness.

A coalition of federal agencies, state and local governments, and nongovernmental organizations, the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership works with private landowners to advance sustainable land management practices around military installations and ranges.

The partnership was founded in 2013 by the USDA, DOI, and DOD to build military readiness, conserve natural resources, support agricultural and forestry economies, and increase resilience to climate change.

Fort Huachuca

Home to a rich agricultural heritage, the fort provides essential watershed protection in a drought-prone region.

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides financial and technical assistance to the Fort. Huachuca Sentinel Landscape area through Farm Bill programs, including the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program.

The Sentinel Landscape Partnership in Arizona will take an active role in efforts to protect grassland and forest habitats, the species that depend on those habitats, and the water resources needed by Fort Huachuca, wildlife, and this region.

Fort Huachuca is Cochise County’s largest employer and a major economic contributor to Arizona. The Fort develops and tests command, control, communication, computing, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities; provides training and education on intelligence and unmanned aircraft systems; designs, develops and integrates intelligence capabilities, concepts and doctrine; and provides world-class quality support services to the Huachuca community to enable mission command in support of Army and joint operations and the continued evolution of Fort Huachuca.

The fort’s unique environment encompasses 946 square miles of restricted airspace and 2,500 square miles of protected electronic ranges, making Fort Huachuca a key contributor.

Date taken: 25.03.2022
Date posted: 25.03.2022 16:45
Story ID: 417212
Location: FORT HUACHUCA, Arizona, USA

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