Environmental Assessment for the Construction of a New Blair Lakes Bombing Range Maintenance Complex
ALASKA CALEDONIA ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES ESTER
Pagination or Media Count:
The Air Force started development of the Blair Lakes Range in the early 1970s and has since that time used the range as an important training facility for strafing and bombing practice. In early 1993, the Air Force implemented a 25-year plan to improve the infrastructure at the range. The improvements have resulted in improved range operations and have also lessened the impact of range maintenance activities to the wetlands. Most range activities can now be confined to the all-season roads and target pads. The Proposed Action would result in the construction of a new Range Maintenance Complex at a location 1.5 miles southeast of the existing facility. In addition, a heliport would be constructed near the new facility and a gravel pit access road extended 705-feet. This movement of the facility is being undertaken for two critical reasons. The existing facility is old and in need of major renovation to be able to operate the facility in an efficient manner. The second and overriding reason the facility is proposed for relocation 1.5 miles southeast of its current location is that the manned complex is in the direct approach path of aircraft using the facility for strafing practice. The current configuration creates an unsafe situation for aircraft, range personnel, and facilities.
- Structural Engineering and Building Technology
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Environmental Health and Safety