Finding of No Significant Impact for Wildland Fire Training at New Boston Air Force Station, New Hampshire
23RD SPACE OPERATIONS SQUADRON NEW BOSTON AIR FORCE STATION NH
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The proposed action evaluated in this environmental assessment EA is to conduct wildland fire training. The fire training includes the use of small typically 1-5 acre, not to exceed 20 acres prescribed fires in grassland and woodland on the installation. Training sites would be selected by the installation Natural Resources Department to ensure continuity with goals established in the 2000 Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan, protect breeding birds from unintentional take and protect any sensitive habitats and archeological sites from disturbance. The training could take place in any location on the installation during any season with the exception of eligible archeological sites. This EA evaluated the potential impacts to air quality, noise levels, topography, geology, soils, water resources, ecological resources, cultural resources, land use, recreation, visual resources, socioeconomics, and health and safety. On the basis of this assessment, it was determined that the proposed action would result in only minor to negligible localized, short-term, or temporary impacts to the environment as compared to the no action alternative. The wildfire training would result in a negligible to minor incremental addition to impacts that have occurred from other activities. A long-term benefit to natural resources would result from increased availability of multiple forest age classes resulting from fire related disturbance at New Boston Air Force Station.
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