Wilderness HelicopterIn April, the U.S. Army announced its decision to drop its plan to land helicopters on a number of high-altitude sites on the east side of the Cascades in Washington as part of its military combat training exercises. One site would have been within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Wilderness Watch submitted scoping comments on the proposal, letting the Army know the Wilderness site had to be removed from further consideration since the Wilderness Act prohibits the landing of aircraft in Wilderness. We requested further environmental review that would thoroughly analyze noise and other impacts to any Wildernesses or National Parks near the other proposed helicopter landing sites. We encouraged the Army to follow Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines to protect Wilderness by restricting overflights to no less than 2,000 feet above ground level. We also sent out an alert encouraging wilderness advocates to comment. The Army noted that more than 2,350 people weighed in on the proposal.



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BACKGROUND


ACTION ALERT (Comments were due 9/4/15):

The Department of the Army ‪has a Scoping Document out now for public comment that proposes a number of high-altitude sites on the east side of the Cascades in Washington ‪‬ state for helicopter landing training. One of the sites is within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, even though the 1964 Wilderness Act prohibits aircraft landings in Wilderness.

Please send a quick email to the Army opposing this site. Use your own words, but try to include the following points:

  1. Site MTA 1-4 (the proposed site within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness) must be removed from further consideration, since it lies within a designated Wilderness. The Wilderness Act prohibits the landing of aircraft in Wilderness.
  2. Further environmental review for this project must thoroughly analyze noise and other impacts on any Wildernesses or National Parks ‪near the other proposed helicopter landings.
  3. Any military training exercise – by air, on land, installing instrumentation, etc. – within designated Wilderness is inappropriate and should be prohibited.
  4. The Army should follow FAA ‪guidelines to protect Wilderness by keeping overflights at least 2,000-feet above ground level.

Put “JBLA Off-base Helicopter Training” in the subject line and email your comments by September 4 to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Send a copy to the ‪‎Okanogan Wenatchee‬ Forest Supervisor Mike Williams: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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