Accession Number : ADA225827


Title :   Environmental Impact Analysis Process. Final Environmental Impact Statement for Expansion of the Melrose Air Force Range, Curry and Roosevelt Counties, New Mexico


Corporate Author : TACTICAL AIR COMMAND LANGLEY AFB VA


Personal Author(s) : Barker, Roy L


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a225827.pdf


Report Date : 18 Apr 1985


Pagination or Media Count : 570


Abstract : Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, NM,proposes to increase the size of the Melrose Air Force Range in Curry and Roosevelt Counties, New Mexico, from 22,120 to 77,120 acres. This expansion by fee, easement, and lease acquisition will allow an increase in the number of targets and attack headings, thereby alleviating existing training deficiencies. Several alternatives, including the no-action alternative, were investigated. Alternatives involving more use of other, existing ranges were found impractical, mainly due to high existing use levels at those ranges. Alternatives involving construction of a replacement range at another location were not practical due to incompatible airspace-or land-use. The primary public concerns associated with the proposed action are socioeconomic, focusing mainly on loss of mineral and water rights, lands, and tax revenues, and on decreased viability of two small school districts. The primary environmental concerns were over lack of knowledge of (and therefore threat of inadvertant damage to) archaeological/cultural sites. Other concerns raised include damage to vegetation and wildlife resources, and loss of utilities and roads. Keywords: Environmental impact statements.


Descriptors :   *AIR FORCE FACILITIES , *RANGES(FACILITIES) , ECONOMIC IMPACT , DAMAGE , NATURAL RESOURCES , SITES , AIR FORCE TRAINING , ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT , DEFICIENCIES , REPLACEMENT , NEW MEXICO , ROADS , LOSSES , VEGETATION , LAND USE , WILDLIFE , CULTURE , MINERALS , WATER SUPPLIES , ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS , TAXES , ACQUISITION , SCHOOLS


Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Ecology
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE