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Posts Tagged ‘encroachment’

NAS Whiting Field Secures Additional Land Buffer

  • February 18, 2014
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Naval Air Station Whiting Field recently secured a 490-acre buffer adjacent to the base, bringing the total protected area surrounding the installation located on the Florida Panhandle to about 3,500 acres. DOD and the state of Florida provided $1.2 million to secure the site. While the project achieves two important goals — protecting the installation from encroachment and supporting conservation — Santa Rosa County Commissioner Don Salter told WUWF that an additional buffer around the field will help protect it during a future BRAC round. Separately, Whiting Field has applied for a $5 million grant offered by the 2014 REPI Challenge, which is sponsored by DOD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration program. If the installation wins, the funding would be matched by the state, allowing the Navy to purchase up to 10,000 acres north of the base.

Ft. Lee, Community Largely Compatible, Study Concludes

  • February 17, 2014
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Despite enjoying a burst of growth following the last BRAC round, Fort Lee is not adversely affected by Petersburg, Va., and other surrounding communities, according to a recently completed joint land use study for the post. The study, which was led by the Crater Planning District Commission, found that Fort Lee and its neighbors have a compatible growth pattern, reported the Progress-Index. Several of the study’s recommendations called for the post’s surrounding communities to develop a formalized regional approach to coordinate land use planning with Fort Lee …

Navy, Conservation Group Purchase Buffer for Bangor Sub Base

  • February 12, 2014
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The Navy, in partnership with the Trust for Public Land, has completed agreements to prevent development on 1,420 acres of land adjacent to operating ranges used by Naval Submarine Base Bangor in northwest Washington. The trust purchased the tracts and sold them to Ecotrust Forest Management under an easement purchased by the Navy that restricts development, reported the Kitsap Sun. The properties will remain as working forest and be open to the public …

City Purchasing Properties to Buffer Langley AFB

  • January 29, 2014
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The city of Hampton, Va., has begun purchasing properties in the clear zone of Langley Air Force Base (LAFB) as part of an effort to protect residents in the event of an accident and to demonstrate its resolve to support the installation. The initiative stems from a 2010 joint land use study that recommended spending $12 million to purchase 31 acres to extend Langley’s buffer zone, reported the Daily Press. Hampton and the state have each agreed to pitch in $3 million to purchase land from willing sellers …

City to Purchase Tract near Shaw AFB

  • January 28, 2014
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The city of Sumter, S.C., plans to purchase a 694-acre tract near Shaw Air Force Base as part of an effort to protect the installation from encroachment and preserve its ability to carry out its missions far into the future. Much of the acquisition, estimated to cost $2 million, will be paid for by the Conservation Fund. The city plans to pay only about $25,000 toward the cost, reported WISTV. The property likely would become an urban forest …

Buffer Zone at Mississippi Post to Provide Carbon Offsets for Sale

  • January 22, 2014
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In a first for the Defense Department, a 1,522-acre parcel purchased by the Mississippi Army National Guard to protect Camp Shelby from encroachment will participate in California’s carbon market and generate about $10 million by selling carbon sequestration credits. The Army National Guard purchased the property last month from the Weyerhaeuser Co. through the Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) program and will place it into conservation through its ACUB partner, the Compatible Lands Foundation. The Army National Guard is trying to create a buffer around Camp Shelby to preserve its ability to train there as well as the surrounding critical habitat …

Conservation Easement Averts Threat to NAS Lemoore from Housing Project

  • January 20, 2014
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The Navy’s purchase of a conservation easement from the developer of a housing subdivision outside of Naval Air Station Lemoore will prevent an incompatible land use that could jeopardize training at the central California installation. The agreement, which also involved West Hills Community College, was reached through DOD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) program. The easement will stop the developer from building 230 proposed homes on a 53-acre site, reducing the project to only 50 homes, reported the Hanford Sentinel. Under the agreement, the community college becomes the conservator for the site and could use it for educational purposes. So far, though, the school plans to use the plot for irrigation drainage, according to the story.

Arizona Governor Highlights Need to Protect Luke AFB from Encroachment

  • January 20, 2014
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In two speeches last week, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) said she would urge the state legislature to provide funding for the purchase of buffers around the state’s military installations needed to protect them from urban encroachment. “This year, I am calling on the legislature to renew support for the Military Installation Fund,” Brewer said. “That money will be used specifically to mitigate property encroachment and preserve military land use projects — without throwing that financial burden on private property owners …

Pentagon, Developer Strike Deal to Mitigate Impacts of Wind Farm

  • January 15, 2014
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Construction of a wind farm in eastern North Carolina will be able to go ahead after DOD and the developer reached an agreement to mitigate impacts to military flight training conducted from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, officials announced this week. Under the agreement, wind turbines will be placed no closer than four nautical miles from the centerline of a major training route in eastern North Carolina used by Seymour Johnson F-15Es and Navy and Marine Corps aircraft for low-level flight training and access to the Dare County Bombing Range …

Opposition over Jet Noise from NAS Whidbey Island Prompts Lawsuit

  • January 5, 2014
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A years-long dispute between residents living near an outlying landing field (OLF) used to train pilots based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in northwest Washington and the Navy is no closer to resolution as installation officials end a temporary moratorium on practicing takeoffs and landings at the airfield. Local opposition to training flights by Navy Growlers, used to suppress enemy radar, flying from their home base 10 miles south to OLF Coupeville has grown since the aircraft first arrived in 2008 …

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