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Team Protecting Georgia Bombing Range Tapped for Inaugural Nancy Natoli Élan Award

  • November 9, 2014
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The team of military, state and nonprofit organizations responsible for protecting a bombing range in southeastern Georgia from encroachment has been awarded the inaugural Nancy Natoli Élan Award for Innovation in Land Conservation by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities. The Townsend Bombing Range Encroachment Partnering Team — Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy and Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast — has helped conserve more than 30,000 acres used for training by Marine Air Corps Station Beaufort, S.C., as well as Navy, Air Force and Army units from more than a dozen installations …

Connecticut Town Needs Consultant to Prepare JLUS for National Guard Facility

  • November 4, 2014
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The town of East Lyme, Conn., is seeking proposals from qualified firms to prepare a joint land use study (JLUS) for Stones Ranch Military Reservation, including Camp Niantic, and surrounding communities. The effort is funded by DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment which provides grants to state and local governments to conduct a JLUS to support the long-term sustainability and operability of a military installation. Interested firms must demonstrate knowledge and experience in community planning, development and land use issues, fiscal impact analysis, economic development, and military installation management and operations …

Maryland Wind Project Would Interfere with Pax River Mission, DOD Says

  • November 2, 2014
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The Pentagon last week formally objected to a proposed wind farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore over the potential for the project to interfere with a stealth radar system at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. The Great Bay Wind project, located across the Chesapeake Bay from the air station, would present “an unacceptable risk” to national security “because it would significantly impair or degrade the capability of the Department of Defense to conduct research, development, testing and evaluation, and operations, or to maintain military readiness,” according to a letter Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work sent Thursday to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. DOD’s objection represents the latest hurdle for the 25-turbine project …

Utah National Guard, Neighbors Look to Protect Training Site

  • October 28, 2014
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Officials with the Utah National Guard and communities surrounding Camp Williams are considering recommendations in a recent joint land use study to protect the facility from encroachment as residential development approaches its perimeter. One strategy the city of Herriman is pursuing to preserve open space around the installation, located 30 miles south of Salt Lake City, is to obtain funding from the Army Compatible Use Buffer program. The city could use properties where development is restricted to enhance outdoor recreation opportunities …

Connecticut Town to Conduct Land Use Study for National Guard Facility

  • October 22, 2014
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The town of East Lyme, Conn., is moving ahead with a joint land use study intended to ensure land uses in communities surrounding Stones Ranch Military Reservation remain compatible with the training facility. Stones Ranch encompasses nearly 2,000 acres of land managed by the Connecticut Army National Guard in East Lyme, Old Lyme and Lyme. Old Lyme will be one of the partners participating in the study, which also will analyze Camp Niantic; Lyme will not participate in the study, however …

Air Force Proposes Expanding Utah Range to Prevent Encroachment

  • October 21, 2014
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The Air Force needs to add about 700,000 acres around the perimeter of the Utah Test and Training Range to protect F-35 flight training from potential encroachment, officials told about 50 residents at a public meeting Monday in western Utah. “If someone puts a wind farm there, I’m done testing,” Chris Robinson, the range’s director of operations, said while pointing to a map of the proposed expansion area. A wind farm would obstruct the airspace around the range and create electronic interference …

Navy to Consider Basing Additional Jets at NAS Whidbey Island

  • October 16, 2014
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The Navy last week said it would revise the scope of an ongoing environmental impact statement (EIS) at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island to assess the impacts of basing up to 36 additional EA-18G Growler aircraft at the northwest Washington base. The initial EIS evaluated the impacts associated with adding two new expeditionary squadrons including up to 14 Growler aircraft. Last week’s announcement follows a Navy request earlier this year for 22 additional Growlers made as part of the fiscal 2015 budget submission …

Florida Awards $2.5M to Communities to Support Local Installations

  • October 14, 2014
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Fourteen defense communities in Florida will receive a combined $2.5 million to support 19 installations through a variety of activities, Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday. Ten counties received $1.6 million in defense infrastructure grants for local projects covering encroachment, transportation and access, utilities, communications, environment or security. Infrastructure grants are awarded to local projects deemed to have a positive impact on the military value of the installation in addition to benefitting the community. Twelve counties received $850,000 in defense reinvestment grants, which are designed to support relationships between military installations and their community …

Army, BLM Officials Hear Concerns over Helicopter Noise

  • October 13, 2014
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Residents in three counties west of Fort Carson, Colo., told officials from the Army and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that their primary concern about a proposal for high-altitude helicopter training on BLM land was the potential for increased noise levels. “I would say there was a lot of concern over the noise of the helicopters and the routes that were being used,” said a BLM spokesman. The Army wants to expand helicopter training across federal lands within a 50-mile radius of the post. Since forming the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, which soon will have all 112 of its helicopters, the Army’s need for helicopter training has increased …

El Paso, Southern New Mexico JLUS Reveals Roadmap for Protecting Region’s Bases

  • October 13, 2014
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There are a number of strategies El Paso, Texas, and communities in southern New Mexico can pursue to prevent encroachment surrounding Fort Bliss, White Sands Missile Range and Holloman AFB, according to draft results from a recently completed joint land use study. The most urgent strategies for ensuring compatible land uses in the region include mapping regional energy development opportunities, promoting interagency consultation on land use, promoting an integrated regional water planning process and establishing a notification process for vertical structures, Elizabeth Drake, the JLUS project manager for AECOM, told a public meeting last week in Alamogordo, N.M. …

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