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Comment Opposing Helicopter Training in the Lincoln National Forest of NM

Peaceful Skies Coalition

July 19, 2016


Re:      Scoping comment

High Altitude Mountain Environment Training Strategy (HAMETS) Helicopter Operations Project

To Travis Moseley, Forest Supervisor:

Peaceful Skies Coalition (PSC) is submitting comments on the Scoping phase of the proposed Lincoln National Forest High Altitude Mountain Environment Training Strategy (HAMETS) Helicopter Operations Project hereinafter referred to as LNF-HAMET. The Forest Supervisor of the Lincoln National Forest has been designated as the responsible party to manage the consideration of this proposal by Fort Bliss Army Base.

The Commenter requests that Carol Miller, President of the Peaceful Skies Coalition, be placed on the recipient list to receive notice of any developments in the NEPA process as it moves forward. The Commenter further requests that these comments be included as part of the administrative record.

Peaceful Skis Coalition believes that this proposal should be withdrawn because, among the other problems with the unacceptably cursory scoping document, Fort Bliss has failed to establish a need for this project. Fort Bliss is the second largest Army base in the world. The largest, White Sands Missile Range abuts Fort Bliss and ecologically, they are effectively a single entity. There is more than enough sufficient area between the two bases to conduct the proposed training.

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