Mission Statement: The Southeast Natural Resource Leaders Group (SENRLG) is a collaboration of regional Federal executives who lead agencies with natural resource conservation responsibilities in the southeastern United States. SENRLG is committed to the common purpose of fulfilling agency mandates in ways that promote conservation and restoration of important natural resources; wise management and sound stewardship of natural, biological and cultural resources; and ecologically sustainable development.Goals: The goals of the SENRLG Partnership may be summarized as follows:
- Establish and nurture collaborative interagency relationships that lead to sustainable healthy ecosystems, wise economic growth, and preservation of cultural values across the Southeast;
- Focus agency programs and resources toward collaborative initiatives that enhance and protect natural resources, and educate citizens on their importance; and
- Communicate cooperative accomplishments that emphasize the ecological, cultural and economic values and needs of the Southeast.
- More specifically, SENRLG enhances the ability of member Federal agencies to:
- Identify key environmental, development, procedural and policy issues related to natural resource management and conservation in the Southeast.
- Support, encourage, and undertake cooperative resource management, adaptive management, and research initiatives.
- Promote partnership opportunities with state, local and other entities that enhance regional resource management and conservation activities, and promote sustainable community development.
- Utilize limited Federal resources more effectively.
- Achieve more comprehensive communications with, and support from, the public and Congress.
- Educate the public on the importance of our rich natural and cultural heritage.
- Practice flexibility and innovation.
- Adopt an interdisciplinary, coordinated approach to achieve desired results.
Guiding Principles: The following principles will guide our collective efforts and agency-to-agency relationships at all levels. We will:
- Treat everyone with dignity and respect.
- Recognize and respect differing perspectives and mandates, while building upon common interests.
- Increase communications and learning to overcome challenges that result from differing perspectives and mandates.
- Ensure responsive, coordinated Federal processes and decision-making, thereby demonstrating a standard for “good government” that produces better overall results for our citizens and their environment.
- Resolve issues within the region to the maximum extent possible, because the best solutions are local solutions.
- Seek to integrate agency programs, resources, and capabilities to maximize Federal responsiveness.
- Lead, coordinate, and innovate to produce more effective outcomes with greater efficiency.
Organization and Operations
Membership: Principals are Federal executives who head their respective agencies’ regional offices in the Southeast. Their agencies have natural resource conservation as a part of their missions. Membership is documented in an Interagency Cooperative Agreement, which also establishes appropriate mechanisms to support cooperative interagency initiatives.
Each member agency is represented by its signatory regional executive (Principal). The Cooperative Agreement may be updated as necessary to reflect changes in Principals, the addition of new members, or other appropriate adjustments. The SENRLG operates with a rotating Chair, selected annually from among the members.