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Public comment sought on Army proposal to train on public land

Posted: 3:51 PM, Aug 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-13 17:57:49-04
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CANON CITY — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Royal Gorge Field Office is seeking comment from the public on a proposal from the US Army - Fort Carson to conduct High Altitude Mountain Environment Training (HAMET) on public lands in Fremont, Teller, and Park counties.

According to the BLM, the HAMET proposal involves helicopters briefly touching down on and flying over public lands.

Fort Carson is requesting to use 43 landing zones as part of their proposed activities, the BLM said. The agency has prepared a draft Environmental Assessment addressing issue pertaining to wildlife, recreation, noise, and cultural resources.

The BLM is encouraging the public to review the draft EA, maps, and other information pertaining to the proposal. You can do so at the BLM ePlanning site.

“Public input is vital for informing our decision,” said BLM Royal Gorge Field Manager Keith Berger. “We welcome this opportunity to gather input from the community that we serve.”

Public comments can be mailed to "HAMET Public Comment," 3028 E. Main Street, Canon City, CO 81212. All comments must be received by September 11, 2019.

The BLM included the following disclaimer in their press release regarding this issue: "Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or any other personal identifying information in your comments, please be aware that your entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While individuals may request BLM to withhold personal identifying information from public view, the BLM cannot guarantee it will be able to do so."