The Air Force and Marine Corps encourage you to review and provide comments on the Reauthorization of the BMGR Land Withdrawal and Proposed Gila Bend Addition Draft LEIS, available for your review here. Comments received by March 1, 2021 will be addressed in the Final LEIS.
Please contact the Air Force (623-856-5853) or Marine Corps (928-269-5728 or 5505) Public Affairs Offices if you would like to request a CD copy of the Draft LEIS. The Draft LEIS is also available to view at the following locations (please contact the location in advance for public health protection requirements for viewing materials):
- Yuma County Main Library, 2951 S 21st Dr, Yuma (928-782-1871)
- Gila Bend Library, 202 N Euclid Ave, Gila Bend (602-652-3000)
- Gila Bend Family Resource Center, 303 E Pima St, Gila Bend (928-683-6502)
- Salazar-Ajo Library, 15 W Plaza #179, Ajo (520-387-6075)
- Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix (602-262-4636)
- Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Ave, Tucson (520-594-5500)
Comments on the Draft LEIS may be made by any of the following methods during the comment period:
The Air Force and Marine Corps will host two virtual (online/telephone) public hearings, one on February 2, 2021 at 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM and the second on February 3, 2021 at 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM to present an overview of the Draft LEIS findings and provide participants an opportunity to make formal comments on the Draft LEIS. Click here for additional information on how to register for and participate in these meetings.
The virtual public hearing room and phone line will open 15 minutes prior to the beginning of each hearing to allow participants to join the meeting and register to make a comment. The meeting will conclude early if there is a lack of participation during the public comment portion of the meeting. If assistance is required with translation, teleprinter, or typewriter (TTY), please contact the Air Force (623-856-5853) or Marine Corps (928-269-5728 or 5505) Public Affairs Offices at least 7 days prior to the meeting.
The Air Force and Marine Corps will review comments received during the 45-day public review period and respond to those comments in the Final LEIS, which is scheduled to publish in summer 2021. Following the conclusion of the NEPA process, the Air Force and Marine Corps will submit the land withdrawal case file, including the LEIS, to the Department of the Interior. The Department of the Interior and Department of Defense will work collaboratively on recommendations for draft legislation. Congress will then determine whether the BMGR land withdrawal should be extended and whether BMGR East’s boundaries should be expanded to include the Gila Bend Addition.
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