Oregon Airspace Initiative
Proposed Establishment and Modification of Oregon Military Training Airspace
The purpose of the proposed Oregon 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 (ANG).
Several factors have driven the proposed action for establishment and modification of Oregon Military Training Airspace. Among these factors are travel distance and time required to access existing training airspace areas, the frequency of weather conditions which limit the availability of coastal airspace areas for operational training, and finally, the need to modify the configuration and vertical limits in order to effectively meet the needs of the evolving missions and technological advancements of the F-15.
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (42 United States Code [USC] 4321-4347), Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500-1508), and 32 CFR Part 989 et seq., Environmental Impact Analysis Process), the NGB will prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that considers the potential consequences to the human and natural environment that may result from implementation of this action. The Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare the EIS was published in the Federal Register on May 17 2013.
Public involvement is of primary importance in complying with NEPA, which requires full and honest disclosure of potential environmental impacts to the public. The Environmental Impact Analysis Process (EIAP) provides multiple opportunities for public involvement. The public has an important role in providing input during this process to help the National Guard Bureau (NGB) make more informed decisions about implementing this proposal.
The first opportunity for public involvement is the process called "public scoping." The scoping period for this EIS began with the publication of a Notice of Intent (NOI) in the Federal Register on May 17, 2013. Scoping meetings will provide the opportunity for the public to engage with the units on the proposed action. Scoping meetings will be open to the public at the following dates and locations, with each meeting running from 6:00-9:00 PM:
17 June 2013 - Tillamook Air Museum, 6030 Hangar Rd, Tillamook, OR 97141
18 June 2013 - Port of Astoria, 10 Pier One, Suite 209, Astoria, OR 97103
19 June 2013 - Condon High School, 210 East Bayard St, Condon, OR 97823
20 June 2013 - Harney County Center, 484 North Broadway Ave, Burns, OR 97720
21 June 2013 - City of Prineville Council Chambers, 387 NE Third St, Prineville, OR 97754
Although NGB will continue to take comments throughout the entire EIAP, a second opportunity for public comment will occur following publication of the Draft EIS; to be complete in the months following the scoping meetings.
We have provided on this page, documents and links which explain and highlight details of this Oregon Airspace Initiative proposal. Any questions or comments should be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include "Oregon Airspace Initiative EIS" in the subject line. Comments may not receive an individual response, however NGB will consider them during the ongoing environmental analysis.
By U.S. Mail to:
Robert Dogan, NGB/A7AM
3501 Fetchet Avenue
Joint Base Andrews MD 20762-5157
Details of the Proposed Action
The proposed action includes modification and addition to military training airspace located over northwestern, north-central and south-central Oregon and the Pacific Ocean. In addition, minor portions of the Proposed Action would be located above a small area of northwestern Nevada and the southwestern-most corner of Washington. It is important to note that this Proposed Action would involve airspace only and does not include any project components that would touch or otherwise directly affect the ground or water surface.
In support of the Oregon ANG's 142d and 173d Fighter Wings, the Air Force and the NGB are proposing (Alternative A) to expand, modify, and establish air-to-air training airspace areas in four locations around the state:
1) Proposed expansion of Warning Area 570 (W-570) to the west over the Pacific Ocean (1,000 feet above mean sea level [MSL] to 50,000 MSL);
2) Proposed establishment of the Eel Military Operations Area (MOA) directly underneath the existing Eel Air Traffic Control Assigned Area which is aligned north/south along the Oregon coast from approximately Astoria to Lincoln City and adjacent to W-570 (11,000 MSL to 18,000 MSL);
3) Proposed expansion of the existing Juniper/Hart MOA Complex to the east approximately 20 miles which would extend from approximately Burns to Frenchglen in Oregon and to Big Mountain in northwestern Nevada (11,000 MSL to 18,000 MSL, with the Juniper East Low MOA from 500 feet above ground level to 10,999 MSL); and
4) Proposed establishment of the Redhawk MOA in north central Oregon roughly bounded by Highway 97/197 on the west, the towns of Wasco and Lexington on the north, US Highway 395 on the east, and US Highway 26 on the south (11,000 MSL to 18,000 MSL).