Category Archive: Federal Lands

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Navy Training Exercises in Olympic Forest 260 Days a Year, 16 Hours per Day Given the “Go Ahead” over Local Protests

U.S. Forest Service Proposes to Issue a Permit to Navy for Military War Games in Olympic National Forest – Finds There Will Be “No Significant Impact” on Wildlife

The U.S. Forest Service will issue a permit to the U.S. Navy to allow electronic training exercises in the Olympic National Forest, according to their draft decision notice. We have until mid-January to raise objections turn these planes away from our forests and marine waters. OFCO and the West Coast Action Alliance are analyzing data from OFCO’s Freedom of Information Act request on the impact decision report issued by the U.S. Forest Service. The report found that there would be NO significant impact on wildlife and communities from the Growler jets strafing through our area, destroying wildlife and quiet. National security must also include protecting our natural resources—our national parks! We need your support for the campaign! Information from the U.S. Forest Service can be found here. Become informed and reach out to your elected officials to express your objections.

Help with learning about the problems and formulating your comments and objections can be found through the West Coast Action Alliance portal.

Learn about Emmy-award-winning sound ecologist Gordon Hempton’s campaign to make the Olympic National Park a quiet sanctuary. Watch the video on his page about the natural soundscape we hope to protect.

Become a Quieteer! Follow the National Parks Conservation Association’s campaign and legal challenge. Watch the brief video on their page, to hear what’s at stake.

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Navy Not Following Process

NEPAYesterday we received the news that the Navy has made its Record of Decision (ROD) on the Section 106 review for the U.S. Navy’s Northwest Training and Testing (NWTT) Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS}. They plan to publish the ROD on Monday, November 9.

In a letter sent to the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), the Navy claims that they have complied with the requirements as set forth in the statute and regulations.

However, when we interviewed the SHPO, we were informed that their office has made it abundantly clear that the process is far from complete. We have been given permission to publish the letter the SHPO received from the Navy, the SHPO’s reply objecting to such abrupt termination of ongoing discussions, and the Navy’s reply to that.

Click below to read each letter.

Letter from Dept. of the Navy to Dr. Allyson Brooks, Nov, 5, 2015

Letter from Dr. Allyson Brooks to Dept. of the Navy, Nov, 6, 2015

Email from Navy Cultural Resources to Dr. Allyson Brooks, Nov. 6, 2015

Send an email today to William Manley, Navy Deputy Federal Preservation Officer, and John Mosher, COMPACFLT, and let them know this process must be fully completed because the Navy needs to adhere to the same rules and regulations the rest of us have to follow. We are not being unpatriotic; we simply want the Navy to obey our laws.

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Did the U.S. Navy Break Federal Laws to Push War Games Over National Forests?

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The West Coast Action Alliance, along with OFCO, has substantiated, through public records, just how much the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rules have been violated by this military agency. Requesting accountability from our government is not unpatriotic—on the contrary, it displays the concern we all have in making sure that our military is not criticized unfairly, while at the same time ascertaining that no public agency holds itself above the law.

This week I received a very expensive looking packet from the U.S. Navy with a cover letter detailing how the complaints of the citizens are “myth.”

The recently published article by Dahr Jamal, of Truthout.org, accurately describes how our military is not adhering to environmental laws/requirements—the same laws that the rest of us have to follow.

Please read Dahr Jamal’s article and decide for yourself.

www.truth-out.org/news/item/33387-us-navy-allegedly-broke-federal-laws-to-push-forward-electromagnetic-war-training-over-national-forests

Connie Gallant
President

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Joint Memorandum from West Coast Action Alliance and Olympic Forest Coalition Sent to U.S. Navy

This week we sent a formal memorandum, along with a letter from UNESCO, to the U.S. Navy senior command and to federal, state and local elected officials in Northern California, Oregon and Washington, and to other interested parties, about the U.S. Navy’s current course of action in issuing a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Northwest Testing and Training, in an unlawful manner. The area covered in this Final EIS extends from Northern California to Alaska, a huge area of concern.

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U.S. Army Extends Comment Period to Nov. 3

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The Aviation Division within the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization, and Security at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) proposes to establish three off-base helicopter training areas and one mountain training area. The U.S. Army is the lead Federal agency for the proposed action. The proposed training areas would support training operations stationed out of JBLM, but would be located off-base within Washington state.

The Army has prepared a scoping document which is intended to provide interested parties the proposed scope of the Environmental Assessment and to seek additional information pertinent to this analysis. If you have any information that would assist us in conducting an accurate and thorough analysis of the project-specific and cumulative effects associated with the proposed project, you are encouraged to submit them during the scoping period, which has been extended through November 3, 2015. The scoping document including project maps, and a comment form are located at:

www.lewis-mcchord.army.mil/publicworks/sites/envir/eia.aspx

To submit comments, send an email to usarmy.jblm.imcom.list.dpw-eis@mail.mil

or write to:

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
DIRECTORATE OF PUBLIC WORKS
ATTN ENVIRONMENTAL DIVISION (NEPA)
2012 LIGGETT AVE, BOX 339500 MS 17
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, WA 98433-9500

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