Scoping meeting to be held in Burns June 20
 
The Air National Guard is conducting a series of scoping meetings in Oregon June 17-21 to receive public comment as the first step in the development of a draft Environmental Impact Statement regarding the Oregon Air National Guard’s proposed Airspace Initiative.
 
The goal of the Oregon Air National Guard Airspace Initiative is to provide properly configured and located military airspace, which will provide efficient, realistic mission-oriented training with adequate size, and within reasonably close proximity, to support advanced 21st century air-to-air tactical fighters and evolving training requirements of the Oregon Air National Guard. It is important to note that this proposed action would result in airspace changes only and does not include any project components that would touch or otherwise directly affect the ground or water surface.
 
“We are looking for ways to train more efficiently. If approved, these changes will eliminate over $7 million spent each year traveling to more distant training airspace and will allow us to decrease the amount of time the training airspace in south-central Oregon is in use,” said Oregon Air National Guard Commander, Brig. Gen. Steven D. Gregg.
 
Scoping meetings will provide the opportunity for the public to engage with the units on the proposed action. The meetings are open to the public, and will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
 
A local meeting will be held on June 20 at the  Harney County Community Center, 484 North Broadway in Burns.
 
Public involvement is of primary importance in complying with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires full and honest disclosure of potential environmental impacts to the public. The scoping meetings are part of a process that adheres to NEPA, and includes other forms of outreach and feedback such as public notification, soliciting comments, and response to questions or comments which may arise.


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