Please take a minute to let your voice be heard! The more opposition the better to help keep as many trails open as possible.
You have until Feb. 14 to let the U.S. Navy know what you think about the draft Environmental Impact Statement tied to their planned expansion of the Fallon Range Training Complex at Naval Air Station Fallon.
The DEIS offers three alternatives and a no-change option. The three alternatives progress from dramatically impacting OHV access on Alternative 1 to the least impact on Alternative 3, the Navy’s preferred option. Our primary concern with each option is the closing of trails and roads long open to OHV use, whether for recreation or competition.
The complete draft Environmental Impact Statement is available here and a summary of the alternatives here.
Alternative 1 would allow continued OHV use only in the Dixie Valley Training Area. Alternative 2 allows some shared recreational use of the Fallon Training Area by setting specific access dates, much like the compromise that was reached for California’s Johnson Valley at the Twenty-Nine Palms Marine base. But Alternative 2 does not include OHV use. Alternative 3 would have similar restrictions and area removal sizes, but would locate the removed areas in a way that minimizes OHV access restrictions.
The Navy has posted the comment period extension notices to the project website.
Comments pertaining to the Navy’s proposed modernization or the draft environmental analysis may also be submitted online or by mail to:
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest
Attention: Code EV21.SG
1220 Pacific Highway
Building 1, 5th Floor
San Diego, CA 92132
Additional information is also available at http://www.FRTCModernization.com. All written comments must be postmarked or received online by Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2019, to be considered in the Final EIS.
Additionally, per public request, the Navy has posted Keyhole Markup Language (KML) files, which are location files used to display geographic data in an Earth browser, such as Google Earth, to the project website.Thank you for your support!