Military training in NM forest under review

By CHARLES D. BRUNT | The Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal | Published: January 4, 2014

Cibola National Forest officials are opening a second public comment period regarding military training in four ranger districts around the state.

Since 1977, military units based at Kirtland Air Force Base have conducted training in the Cibola’s Magdalena, Mountainair, Mount Taylor and Sandia ranger districts, and military officials are seeking a 20-year renewal of the agreements that allow the training.

Specific written comments on a preliminary environmental assessment — which gauges the potential impacts of the plan — will be accepted for 30 calendar days following publication of a legal notice in theJournal , which is expected to be published on Monday, according to forest officials.

“Several organizations and individuals have requested an additional comment period, and we are accommodating these requests,” said Forest Supervisor Elaine Kohrman.

The Forest Service opened a 30-day comment period last year, and Cibola and Kirtland officials held a public meeting in Magdalena in November.

Written, facsimile, hand-delivered and electronic comments will be accepted.

After the comment period closes, a final, revised environmental assessment will be released for public review, followed by a 45-day objection period. Only groups or individuals that submitted comments during the two public comment periods will be allowed to file objections.


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