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Environmental Assessment, Managing Flight Obstructions to Preserve Safety at Andrews Air Force Base

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The United States Air Force has identified a need to manage trees which adversely affect safe flight operations at Andrews Air Force Base AFB in Prince George s County, Maryland. Andrews AFB is home to the 89th Airlift Wing and provides worldwide airlift and logistical support for the President of the United States, the Vice President, cabinet members, and other high-ranking United States and foreign officials. Many of the trees requiring management are located on Suitland Parkway, which is managed by the National Park Service and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Other trees requiring management are located on Andrews AFB and on lands within an industrial park immediately north of Suitland Parkway and lands adjoining the southern base perimeter. The EA describes a no-action alternative Alternative 1, a preferred alternative Alternative 2 involving vegetation management to manage obstructions without reconfiguring the runways, and a third alternative Alternative 3 involving reconfiguring the runways to reduce the severity of required vegetation management. The EA assesses potential impacts from each alternative to land use and infrastructure land use, flight operations and safety, vehicular transportation, and utilities the biological environment trees and vegetation, terrestrial wildlife, threatened and endangered species, wetlands, streams and aquatic biota, and floodplains the cultural environment archaeological resources, historic resources, Cold War structures, and aesthetics the physical environment climate and air quality, surface water and groundwater, soils and geology and prime farmland, noise, and waste management and socioeconomics employment, housing, and environmental justice. The EA demonstrates that, with appropriate mitigation, none of the alternatives would result in significant environmental impacts.

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  • Military Aircraft Operations
  • Forestry
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Environmental Health and Safety

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