The Air Force and Marine Corps encourage you to review the Extension of the BMGR Land Withdrawal and Proposed Gila Bend Addition Final LEIS, available for your review and download here. The Final LEIS incorporates public comments received during the January 15, 2021 – March 1, 2021 public review period of the Draft LEIS, and the Air Force and Marine Corps’ responses to those comments. The Air Force and Marine Corps have identified Alternative 2 as the Preferred Alternative, which proposes to extend the BMGR land withdrawal for an additional 25 years, to expand the BMGR’s boundary to include the Gila Bend Addition, and to make no changes in administrative management responsibilities.
Please contact the Air Force (623-856-6011) or Marine Corps (928-269-5728 or 5505) Public Affairs Offices if you would like to request a CD copy of the Final LEIS. The Final 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)
- Salazar-Ajo Library, 15 W Plaza #179, Ajo (520-387-6075)
- Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 North Central Avenue, Phoenix (602-262-4636)
- Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Ave, Tucson (520-594-5500)
The Air Force and Marine Corps hosted two virtual (online/telephone) public hearings on February 2, 2021 at 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM and 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 these hearings.
The Air Force and Marine Corps will submit the land withdrawal case file, including the LEIS, to the Department of the Interior. Following a Department of the Interior review of the case file and resolution of any concerns pertaining to it, 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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