Final Second Supplement to the Environmental Assessment for Proposed Prairie Dog Management Practices at Buckley Air Force Base: Construct Fencing Around Airfield
BOOZ-ALLEN AND HAMILTON INC MCLEAN VA
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This SEA evaluates the potential environmental consequences of constructing and maintaining a wildlife fence surrounding the airfield at BAFB to 1 ensure aircraft safety, in particular along the flight line, by reducing the potential for Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard BASH incidents and 2 ensure the safety of installation personnel and the general public surrounding Buckley AFB. The action being proposed in this SEA will also be examined to better identify and address potential cumulative impacts from the proposed activities and additional future activities on BAFB. The proposed action and alternatives addressed in this SEA include 1 construction and maintenance of wildlife fencing secured at least 1,000 feet from the centerline from the airfield runway, which would include an opaque mesh at the bottom of the fence to visually deter wildlife migration Proposed Action 2 construction and maintenance of similar wildlife fencing surrounding the airfield at the same designated minimum distances without the opaque mesh at the bottom Proposed Alternative, and 3 continue current management practices without fencing No Action Alternative. An additional alternative was examined after several comment letters were received on the draft EA suggesting replacing the two feet of opaque mesh with a metal flashing barrier. However, this alternative was eliminated from further analysis due to cost constraints.
- Commercial and General Aviation
- Environmental Health and Safety