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Posts Tagged ‘encroachment’

‘Florida G.I. Bill’ Aims to Make State More Friendly to DOD, Veterans

  • March 12, 2014
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New legislation approved by the Florida Legislature will offer assistance combating encroachment to the state’s defense communities, out-of-state tuition for public universities to veterans and funds to market the state to veterans. The bill, unanimously passed by the House and Senate, provides $7.5 million to purchase buffer zones to protect three installations from encroachment — MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Mayport Naval Station in Jacksonville and Naval Support Activity Panama City. “It sends a signal to the BRAC commission as well that Florida wants to keep the installations we have and keep the people we have …

Congressman Urges SunZia to Divert Project from Missile Range

  • March 12, 2014
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New Mexico Rep. Steve Pearce (R) this week urged the developer of a proposed, 515-mile-long, high-voltage transmission line linking central New Mexico to southeastern Arizona to adopt a route that avoids White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), N.M, after being briefed on the results of a study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory. “The MIT Report validates DOD’s concerns that the construction of the above-ground SunZia transmission lines would threaten the defense mission at White Sands Missile Range …

Kansas Bill Defining Airport Hazards Garners Opposition from Military

  • February 27, 2014
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A measure introduced in the Kansas House limiting the definition of what is considered an airport hazard could jeopardize military activities throughout the state. House Bill 2652 restricts the definition of an airport hazard to physical structures only, a change which could permit land uses near airports that interfere with flight operations, reports the Lawrence Journal-World. Uses that attract birds and other wildlife, for example, threaten air safety. John Armbrust, executive director of the Kansas Governor’s Military Council, said the legislation “puts nearly all of our state’s military activities at risk.” Armbrust is the past president of ADC. The Army and Air Force have said the legislation would threaten training and deployment activities by allowing development to encroach on airfields, according to the story.

State Grant to Protect Central Florida Bombing Range from Encroachment

  • February 21, 2014
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Polk County will use a $200,000 state grant to buffer Avon Park Air Force Range in central Florida from future development. The county will use the grant, awarded through Enterprise Florida, to provide a local match for $800,000 it received from DOD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration program, reported the Ledger. The funds will be used to acquire a portion of two tracts totaling 4,480 acres located a mile north of the bombing range, or to purchase a conservation easement …

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 …

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