2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 15:22:02 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] EXPANSION: Opposition to 29 Palms 379, 000-acre proposal
Valley fights Marines' expansion plans

By Courtney Vaughn
Hi-Desert Star (CA)
March 30, 2011

JOHNSON VALLEY - As the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center explores a 379,000-acre expansion, residents in the Johnson Valley area are voicing their disapproval of the project.

By February of this year, the Department of the Navy had received 20,000 public comments, which began flooding in since the Navy began studying the expansion areas in October 2008.

Overwhelming public input led to the drafting of a sixth alternative to the original plan, with the preferred option using about 145,000 acres to the west in Johnson Valley and 21,000 acres to the south of the current Marine base location, for about two months out of the year, beginning in 2014 or 2015. While training activities may be limited, the resulting land acquisition may make portions of land unavailable year-round.

The Johnson Valley Improvement Association President and weekly columnist for the Hi-Desert Star, Betty Munson, is one of the thousands who have shared their thoughts on the proposed expansion.


For the entire article, see
http://www.hidesertstar.com/articles/2011/03/30/news/ doc4d92d8f363c8f328301021.txt


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
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