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Texas A&M engages private landowners in national programTexas A&M engages private landowners in national programhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=64302013-09-05T06:57:00Z2013-09-05T00:00:00Z

TEXAS - A Texas A&M University System institute is playing a role in a new federal, local and private collaboration dedicated to natural resource sustainability for areas surrounding military installations.

The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources is assisting the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of the Interior in developing a viable framework for the nationwide Sentinel Landscapes Partnership, said Bruce Beard, associate director for the institute’s military land sustainability program.

Through this partnership, the three federal departments and other entities will work together in priority areas near military installations, recognizing those areas as “sentinel landscapes.”

By maintaining certain landscapes such as farms, ranches, timberlands or simply open space, landowners have for years — and without due recognition — significantly contributed to the nation’s defense, according to a Sentinel Landscapes fact sheet.

Through the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership, landowners will be recognized and rewarded for using their lands in ways that are compatible with the military mission and will be encouraged to continue those land-use practices well into the future.

The first pilot landscape is in the South Puget Sound region of Washington state. Home to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, this region has some of the last remaining native prairie habitat in that state.

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