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Executive Directive Number Fourteen (2021)
Establishing Virginia’s Security Corridors
Sentinel Landscapes State Coordinating Committee
Importance of the Initiative
The Commonwealth of Virginia is home to multiple critical military installations. The land on which those installations is situated, along with the surrounding communities and natural resources, is an increasingly important part of our Nation’s national security infrastructure. In order to protect, preserve, and expand the resilience and capabilities of these essential facilities, Virginia believes it is of utmost importance to receive a Sentinel Landscape designation from the federal government.
A Sentinel Landscape is an undeveloped or primarily agricultural land area around a military installation that has been designated for special protection from development that could constrain the military’s ability to carry out training and testing activities. A Sentinel Landscape is anchored by at least one military installation and includes agricultural and forestry lands that would significantly benefit from natural resource restoration and/or conservation projects. When designated as a Sentinel Landscape, the military installations will be protected from land uses that are incompatible with the military's mission. Furthermore, the surrounding land and landowners will benefit from increased access to certain federal funding opportunities, thereby protecting working lands and improving the health and resilience of our environment.
Because the lands around the Commonwealth’s military installations are also often affected by other environmental initiatives, a Sentinel Landscape designation will help the Commonwealth support and build on established initiatives such as:
States can apply to have land designated as a Sentinel Landscape by submitting an application to the Federal Coordinating Committee (FCC). The FCC is led by the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership comprised of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, and Department of the Interior.
Directive to Establish Virginia Security Corridors Sentinel Landscape State Coordinating Committee
Therefore, I am establishing a Virginia Security Corridors Sentinel Landscape State Coordinating Committee (State Coordinating Committee) to lead Virginia’s effort to seek a Security Corridors Sentinel Landscape designation from the FCC.
The State Coordinating Committee will:
Composition of the State Coordinating Committee
The Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry will lead the State Coordinating Committee in partnership with the Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs. The Secretaries will continue their collaborative efforts with state, local, tribal, and regional leaders, federal partners, scientific experts, other Secretariats and state agencies, and other stakeholders to meet the goals of the State Coordinating Committee.
The State Coordinating Committee shall be staffed by existing staff in the Office of the Secretaries of Agriculture and Forestry, Veterans and Defense Affairs, and any other Secretariats, agencies, or offices as designated by the Governor.
Effective Date of the Executive Directive
This Executive Directive shall be effective upon signing and shall remain in full force and effect unless amended or rescinded by further executive order or directive.
Given under my hand and under the Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia this 25th day of March, 2021.