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Posts Tagged ‘encroachment’

Language in DOD Spending Bill Intended to Postpone Maryland Wind Project

  • August 5, 2014
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Language added last month to the committee report of the fiscal 2015 defense spending bill by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, possibly could derail a proposed wind farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore that many lawmakers believe would interfere with a radar system at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. The provision directs the Navy to refrain from reaching an agreement with the wind farm developer to turn off the turbines during radar testing at Pax River until MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory completes a $2 million study on the effects of the turbines and options to mitigate those impacts …

Huachuca, Pax River Capture DOD Awards to Protect Testing, Training Lands

  • August 4, 2014
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Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., last week were named as winners of the 2014 Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Challenge, an initiative designed to promote innovative land conservation efforts that benefit military readiness, neighboring communities and the environment. Fort Huachuca’s award of $4 million will leverage $9 million in partner contributions to permanently restrict development on 5,900 acres of ranchland. The project’s partners include the Arizona Land and Water Trust, Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation …

Missouri National Guard Facility Largely Free of Encroachment Concerns, Study Shows

  • July 28, 2014
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The training activities of the Missouri Army National Guard at Camp Clark are generally compatible with the surrounding region of Nevada, Mo., according to preliminary results of a joint land use study launched in January. That conclusion did not come as a surprise as almost 90 percent of the land neighboring Camp Clark, located 100 miles south of Kansas City, is undeveloped, reported the Nevada Daily Mail. Representatives of the consultant preparing the study drew a sharp distinction between the situation at Camp Clark and issues, such as noise and night lighting, found outside other installations …

Ranchers Concerned about Possible Transfer of BLM Lands at White Sands to DOD

  • July 23, 2014
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Language in the House version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill shifting control of hundreds of thousands of acres owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the northern extension of White Sands Missile Range, N.M., to the Pentagon has ranchers concerned that the transfer could restrict their access for grazing and hunting. The provision is a reaction to the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project — a 515-mile, high-voltage transmission line traversing the northern extension of White Sands — which DOD officials had opposed until May when the developer agreed to bury five miles of the line to eliminate conflicts with training and weapons testing …

Expansion of Northern Flight Training Area Provokes Local Opposition

  • July 22, 2014
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An Air Force plan to expand a military flight training area for bombers over parts of Wyoming, Montana and the Dakotas is drawing opposition from local officials concerned about the impact of increased flight activity. The Air Force says it needs to expand the Powder River Training Complex to 28,000 square miles for use by B-1 bombers based at Ellsworth AFB, S.D., and B-52 bombers at Minot AFB, N.D., reported the Billings Gazette. The move would cut training costs by limiting the need for the aircraft to fly to Utah and Nevada. The expansion is critical to preserving the B-1 mission at Ellsworth, according to South Dakota Sen. John Thune …

N.C. Base Provides Washington Officials Up-Close Look at Sources of Encroachment

  • July 14, 2014
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Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point recently hosted top Pentagon and White House officials for a firsthand look at the primary encroachment challenges faced by the installation on the coast of North Carolina and its outlying training facilities. One of the visit’s key goals was to show the officials where funding from DOD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration program for establishing a buffer around Cherry Point has been used. “Flying this diverse group of officials around our military installations provided for a better understanding of how funds are used to prevent encroachment here …

Residents Fret about Noise Impacts from Possible New Missions at Davis-Monthan AFB

  • July 8, 2014
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Residents in neighborhoods close to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base are becoming increasingly concerned about what aircraft could be based at the Tucson, Ariz., installation in the future when its three squadrons of A-10 attack jets are replaced. The base’s neighbors are resigned to the noise levels generated by the A-10, but many oppose other possible missions, including F-16 and F-35 fighters, due to those louder noise profiles of those aircraft, reported the Arizona Daily Star. Last year, 19 neighborhood associations signed a letter opposing any plan to house F-35s at the installation …

City, State to Protect Landing Field Used by NAS Oceana from Encroachment

  • June 29, 2014
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The Chesapeake (Va.) City Council last week approved a program to use city funds to protect Fentress Naval Auxiliary Landing Field, used by pilots based at nearby Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach to practice carrier landings, from encroachment. The initiative calls for Chesapeake to spend $1 million, an amount that would be matched by the commonwealth of Virginia, to either purchase land or the development rights around Fentress. The city already has spent about $4.3 million since 2008 purchasing hundreds of acres along the flight path from Fentress to Oceana …

Missouri’s Camp Crowder Not Crowded by Surrounding Community, JLUS Reveals

  • June 2, 2014
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Operations at Camp Crowder, a 4,400-acre base operated by the Missouri National Guard, are not jeopardized by surrounding land uses, according to the results of a recently completed joint land use study (JLUS). About a third of the land adjacent to Camp Crowder already is protected from development, one third has been developed for commercial, residential or intensive agricultural use, and the remaining third is undeveloped. The facility isn’t threatened by future growth either …

Pentagon, BLM Reach Compromise Allowing Transmission Line to Go Ahead

  • May 27, 2014
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The developer of a 515-mile, high-voltage transmission line will need to bury five miles of the line to eliminate conflicts with training and weapons testing on the northern extension of White Sands Missile Range, N.M., under a compromise DOD worked out with the Bureau of Land Management. The compromise seemingly settles the dispute between the developer of the SunZia project and supporters of White Sands — along with DOD — over the line’s potential to impact testing and evaluation activities at the missile range …

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