10/14/2015 - Fort Carson to conduct short-term training.
2015 Casual Use
The BLM received an urgent request from Fort Carson military base for U.S. Army personnel to conduct limited, short-term High Altitude Mountain Environment Training on public lands in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Based on a specific set of guidelines, the BLM has determined that this training qualifies as casual use and does not require a permit. The Army will be using five landing zones on public lands in Fremont County from about Oct. 14 to Dec. 20, 2015. The landing zones were selected in remote locations to minimize impacts to neighboring landowners or resources.
Fort Carson request for temporary training
Casual Use Letter
The draft scoping report can be found here (50 MB). Public comments on the scoping report will be accepted until April 10, 2015.
About the proposal
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
How to Comment
Public comments on the draft scoping report will be accepted until April 10, 2015. Comments should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Nancy Keohane at 719-269-8531.
To sign up for the HAMET contact list, please send an email (with HAMET in the subject line) to email@example.com or call Nancy Keohane at 719-269-8531.
Public Meeting Documents
Proposed Landing Zones KMZ File*
BLM Land Ownership KMZ File*
*Google Earth is the best way to open the KMZ file. Download the KMZ file to your computer, right click on the file, hover over open with, and select Google Earth.
Sept. 29, 2014 - BLM Public comment period begins, public meeting scheduled
Nov. 19, 2014 - BLM extends public comment period for HAMET proposal and announces additional public meeting
Fort Carson's Noise and Environmental Concern Process
The Fort Carson Public Affairs office handles all civilian noise and environmental concerns for the installation. To ensure proper procedures are followed, Fort Carson asks that if you have a noise concern during regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to please contact them at the following:
Phone: (719) 526-9849 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
After business hours: Please contact the Fort Carson Emergency Operations Center at 526-3400/5500. The EOC will have the Public Affairs on-call officer contact you to collect the details. A Public Affairs Community Relations representative will return your call the next business day.