Monday, May 16, 2016

Army submits new HAMET proposal

Posted By on Mon, May 16, 2016 at 4:10 PM

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The Army has submitted a new proposal for use of Bureau of Land Management land southwest of Colorado Springs for landings and takeoffs in High Altitude Mountain Environment Training. Here's a little background.

"We've recently received an updated plan of development from Ft. Carson and are currently reviewing it," the BLM's spokesman Kyle Sullivan tells us. "We are still working out a few details on the POD [plan of development] with Fort Carson. I anticipate it will be posted on our website for public review in the next month or so.

"The new POD incorporates input provided by the public thus far in the process," he adds. "Once the POD is posted online, there will be another 30-day comment period. After that period, the BLM will begin developing alternatives and will seek additional public input once a draft environmental assessment is completed (before beginning final analysis). I'm not exactly sure about the timeline. Our staff is engaged in several other landscape level planning efforts and we are developing a schedule to facilitate completion of this work."

Meantime, Carson requested and was granted permission to use BLM territory temporarily. See the request here.
The BLM received an urgent request from Fort Carson military base for U.S. Army personnel to conduct limited, short-term High Altitude Mountain Environment Training on public lands in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Based on a specific set of guidelines, the BLM has determined that this training qualifies as casual use and does not require a permit. The Army will be using five landing zones on public lands in Fremont County from about Oct. 14 to Dec. 20, 2015. The landing zones were selected in remote locations to minimize impacts to neighboring landowners or resources.  

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