Environmental Assessment: 37 Acres of Tree Clear Cutting
436TH CIVIL ENGINEER SQUADRON DOVER AFB DE
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Dover Air Force Base DAFB is located in Kent County, Delaware. The base is situated 3.5 miles southeast of the center of Dover, Delaware, the state capital. The base covers approximately 3,902 acres of land area including annexes, easements, and leased property. DAFB has two active airfields. The north-south airfield at DAFB divides the main Base into two primary sections. Open space, recreational areas, and limited amounts of industrial uses are located east of the airfield. The land uses west of the airfield and east of U.S. Route 113 are industrial, airfield operations, administrative, community, medical, some unaccompanied personnel housing, and a golf course located west of U.S. Route 113 and east of St. Jones River. The surrounding areas consist primarily of cropland and wetlands, with the St. Jones River running adjacent to the southwestern comer of the base. The proposed project identified in the AF Form 813 would clear cut 37 acres of trees down to 3 inches above the ground. Currently trees intrude into the controlled airspace as defined by the Unified Facilities Criteria UFC 3-260-01, Design Airfield Heliport Planning and Design and Department of Defense Instruction DoDI 4165.57, Air Installation Compatible Use Zones. An airfield survey in 2005 revealed trees penetrating into the approach-departure and transitional zone of the clear zones as defined in UFC-3-260-01. The direct elimination of threats to air navigation is a Federal Aviation Regulations FAR, Part 139 and the U.S. Air Force USAF requirement.
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