Environmental Impact Analysis (EIA)

NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR TREE CLEARING IN MCCHORD FIELD’S PRIMARY SURFACE ZONE

The Department of the Army, in cooperation with the United States Air Force, is addressing issues surrounding vegetation management and airfield obstructions at McChord Field Airfield, located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

Flight operations at McChord Field need to comply with Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) and Department of Defense regulations, which require airspace imaginary surfaces be maintained free of obstructions for the safe operation of aircraft. Recent surveys of the airfield identified existing tree obstacles within the runway’s 1,000 foot Primary Surface Area (i.e. the runway’s Clear Zone) that are in violation of these regulations. Although pilot safety is the ultimate concern, some of the trees that have been identified for removal are located in areas of environmental concern, which spurred the Army to take a closer look at the potential impacts, and recommendations for mitigations which would reduce the potential for conflict.

The proposed project would remove all trees within the boundaries of McChord Field’s Primary Surface Area. This project would include the removal of trees within a small segment of Morey/Clover Creek, and would also include the removal of trees within proposed Critical Habitat for Streaked Horned Lark.

An Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact have been prepared for this action and are now available for public review and comment.

These documents and related information can be found at:
http://www.lewis-mcchord.army.mil/publicworks/sites/envir/eia.aspx

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
DIRECTORATE OF PUBLIC WORKS
ATTN ENVIRONMENTAL DIVISION (NEPA)
2012 LIGGETT AVE, BOX 339500 MS 17
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, WA 98433-9500

Comments must be received by October 04, 2013 to be considered.

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