News Release

For Release:  December 1, 2008                                                          
Contact:  Stephen Razo 951-697-5217; email: srazo@ca.blm.gov
CA-CDD-09-15

Scoping Meetings Scheduled for Proposed 29 Palms Marine Base (MCAGCC) Expansion

The Department of the Navy, Department of Defense, issued a notice of  intent (NOI) on October 30, 2008 for the preparation of a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) to study alternatives for expansion of the boundaries and airspace of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, San Bernardino County, CA. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM)  is a cooperating agency in the draft EIS.

Three open-house public scoping meeting have been scheduled:

1)  December 3, 2008, 5-9 pm at Twentynine Palms Junior High School, Hay’s Gym, 5798 Utah Trail, Twentynine Palms, CA;
2) December 4, 2008, 5-9 pm at Hilton Garden Inn Victorville, 12603 Mariposa Road, Victorville, CA;  and
3) December 5 2008 5-9 pm at the Ontario Convention Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way, Ontario, CA.

The open house will include personnel to discuss the purpose and need for the project, draft alternatives for public consideration and comment, information on how the process will proceed, a mailing list sign-up, a package of information to take with you and make later comments.  A public recorder will also be present to receive initial scoping comments at the meetings on the issues and alternatives that should be examined as part of the environmental analysis.  Public input will be considered in the preparation of the environmental document.  Written comments will become part of the public record, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Administrative Procedures Act. 

The MCAGCC has segregated approximately 366,000 acres of public lands to evaluate various expansion options.  An additional 72,000 non-federally owned acres are also within the boundaries of one or more of the alternatives currently under development.  The proposed project would provide additional lands within the MCAGCC for additional Marine Corps force-on-force training to accommodate identified needs.  Representatives from the Department of the Navy, MCCAGC, and BLM will be present to answer questions. 

Written or email comments may be sent to Mr. Joseph Ross, 29Palms Proposed Training Land/Airspace Acquisition Project, MAGTFTC/MCAGCC, Bldg 1554, Box 788104, Bldg 1554, Rm 138, MAGTFTC/MCAGCC, Twentynine Palms, CA 92278–8104;  by voice mail at: 760–830–3764; or by e-mail at:  SMBPLMSWEBPAO@usmc.mil.

For further information, and for new information as the EIS is developed and the process proceeds, see the project website at www.29palms.usmc.mil/las

BLM contact is Roxie Trost, Barstow Field Office (760) 252-6000. 

-BLM-

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