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Posts Tagged ‘encroachment’

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 …

DOD Issues Rule for Reviewing Projects Posing Potential Risk to Military Operations

  • December 8, 2013
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The Pentagon issued a final rule last week outlining the evaluation process for determining whether proposed energy projects, such as wind farms, could interfere with military testing or training activities. Lawmakers included a provision in the fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill, section 358, calling for DOD to outline procedures to ensure commercial renewable energy projects do not pose a risk to national security. The rule applies to applications referred to DOD from the Department of Transportation (DOT) for projects that could affect navigable airspace …

Conservation Group, DOD Provide Guidance for Renewable Energy Development

  • November 20, 2013
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A new guide developed jointly by the Pentagon and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) should help minimize conflicts with defense operations created by the development of renewable energy projects on and around military ranges, airspace and installations. The 24-page primer provides a range of factors and siting considerations that can be applied by developers and other stakeholders when working with DOD on siting renewable energy projects …

Navy Ends Search for Outlying Landing Field to Support NAS Oceana

  • November 19, 2013
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The Navy on Tuesday said it has cancelled an environmental study of alternate practice landing sites that could be used by pilots at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Va., saying it needs to wait until the service selects an East Coast site to host the F-35, the military’s next generation fighter aircraft. Officials initially suspended study of three sites in Virginia and two in North Carolina in 2011 in favor of waiting for a decision on basing the F-35. But with that decision not expected until 2017 at the earliest, any work on the environmental impact statement conducted now would be out of date by that time …

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