*NEW* The BLM is currently accepting public comments on Fort Carson's proposal to use public lands for military helicopter training. The comment period will last until Nov. 1, 2014.
The BLM Royal Gorge Field Office received an application and a Plan of Development (POD) from the US Army Fort Carson requesting the use of public lands to conduct High Altitude Mountain Environment Training (HAMET). The BLM is in the planning stages for the preparation of a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document to evaluate the potential environmental effects of HAMET on BLM lands. The purpose of NEPA is to encourage public participation and actively inform the public, organizations, government agencies, Indian tribes and elected officials about the proposed action and to receive public input during the environmental review.
Casual Use Letter - The casual use letter dated May 1, 2013, represents the most recent coordination with the Army related to HAMET exercises on BLM lands.
Plan of Development - The POD represents the highest level of use the Army projects could occur on BLM lands. Current use is much less and can be found in the Casual Use Letter.
Exhibit 1 - Area of Activity
Exhibit 2 - Helicopter Landing Zones
Exhibit 3 - Aircraft Type
Exhibit 4 - Noise Study
IM 2001-030 Military Use On and Above Public Lands - This IM is a compilation and restatement in a single document of statutory, regulatory and policy guidance that affect the authorization of military activities that may impact public lands managed by BLM.
Attachment 1 - Military Activities on the Public Lands
Attachment 2 - Definitions and Acroynms
The BLM is accepting scoping comments from the public from Oct. 1 until Nov. 1, 2014. These comments should help identify what issues and concerns should be addressed in the environmental assessment before the BLM begins drafting the document.
Comments concerning the proposed action, alternatives and identification of environmental issues are most helpful. For additional information or to submit a comment, please contact Nancy Keohane at 719-269-8531 or email comments to email@example.com with HAMET in the subject line.