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Oregon Airspace Initiative

UPDATE:  The Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Proposed Establishment and Modification of Oregon Military Training Airspace has been prepared

The Draft EIS is available to the public as announced in the Notice of Availability as published in the Federal Register on 24 July.  More information below.

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 NGB, 142nd FW, 173rd FW, and the FAA continue to cooperate on the airspace proposal and the analysis within the document.  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 held in Tillamook, Astoria, Condon, Burns, and Prineville.

The second opportunity for public involvement is through the review of the Draft EIS and public hearing participation.  A Notice of Availability of the Draft EIS was published in the Federal Register at www.federalregister.gov on 24 July 2015.  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 comment period will end 8 September.  This website will be the location to download the document and will provide the location of the meeting times and locations of the hearings and provide your comments 

The public hearings will take place in August at the following locations and dates:

11 August, 6-9pm
Tillamook Air Museum
6030 Hangar Rd
Tillamook, OR 97141
(503) 842-1130

12 August, 6-9pm
The Loft at the Red Building
20 Basin Street
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 325-2223

14 August, 6-9pm
Condon High School
210 East Bayard St
Condon, OR 97823
(541) 384-2441

15 August, 2-5pm
Harney County Center
484 North Broadway Ave
Burns, OR 97720
(541) 573-2636

17 August, 6-9pm
Crook County Library City of Prineville
175 NW Meadow Lakes Drive
Prineville, OR 97754
(541) 447-7978

We have provided on this page the Draft EIS and other documents which explain and highlight details of this Oregon Airspace Initiative proposal. Any questions or comments should be directed to: usaf.jbanafw.ngb-a7.mbx.a7a-nepa-comments@mail.mil. Please include "Oregon Airspace Initiative EIS" in the subject line.

By U.S. Mail to:

Kevin Marek, NGB/A7AM
Shepperd Hall
3501 Fetchet Avenue
Joint Base Andrews MD 20762-5157


tabReview more project background and details:  
 Oregon Draft EIS
 Notice of Availability
 Review the Notice of Intent (NOI)
 Review the Oregon Airspace Initiative Maps (Figures 1 -4) here
 Review the Frequently Asked Questions here
 Review the What? Where? Why? for the Oregon Airspace Initiative here
 Review the ACC Aircraft Noise Brochure
 Review the Oregon Airspace Noise Background

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