Environmental Assessment for South Holly Road Atlantic White Cedar Restoration Dare County Bombing Range
AIR FORCE CIVIL ENGINEER SQUADRON (4TH) SEYMOUR JOHNSON AFB NC
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The proposed action is to restore Atlantic white cedar AWC in areas where it was historically located at Dare County Bombing Range DCBR, Range, and specifically, near the southern end of Holly Road. DCBR is 46,621 acres. The Range supports two separate weapon impact areas which occupy approximately 5,000 acres of cleared and maintained land, including administrative areas. Over 32,000 acres remain forested, of which 16,628 acres is classified as commercial timber, as defined by US Forest Service. Approximately 3,362 acres serve as either a buffer around military impact areas or endangered species habitat. The USAF has 18,674 acres currently registered in the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program NCNHP. The entire range is not suitable habitat for AWC and CES does not propose to undertake restoration in areas where AWC was not historically found or in areas that do not have the proper conditions to support AWC. Currently, there are approximately 6,502 acres of AWC present on DCBR. A 630 acre contiguous tract of mature AWC is one of the largest tracts found in North Carolina. The USAF will undertake restoration by first removing stands of hardwoods and loblolly pines. The cleared areas will be treated with an aquatic approved herbicide, to remove competition, and then replanted with AWC seedlings. The removal and replanting of AWC is proposed for approximately 62 acres.
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