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 the 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 [EIAP]), the National Guard Bureau (NGB) is preparing 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 17 May 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 EIAP provides multiple opportunities for public involvement. The public has an important role in providing input during this process to help the NGB make more informed decisions about implementing this proposal.
The first opportunity for public involvement was the process called "public scoping." The scoping period for this EIS began with the publication of a NOI in the Federal Register on 17 May 2013. Scoping meetings provided the opportunity for the public to engage with the units on the Proposed Action. Scoping meetings were 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
As of November 2014, the NGB, 142FW, 173FW and the FAA continue to cooperate on the airspace proposal and the analysis within the document. The Draft EIS is expected early 2015. A Notice of Availability of the Draft EIS will be announced in the Federal Register at www.federalregister.gov. Following the publication there will be an opportunity to provide formal comments during the 45-day review period as well as during the Draft EIS hearings. The Notice of Availability will provide the location of document for download or hardcopy, the meeting times and locations of the hearings and how to provide your comments.
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.
By U.S. Mail to:
Kevin Marek, NGB/A7AM
3501 Fetchet Avenue
Joint Base Andrews MD 20762-5157