The military asks to expand operations in area forests

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On Nov. 28, Marine, Air Force and U.S. Forest Service representatives met with about 80 residents of the Cibola National Forest’s Magdalena Ranger District area to discuss a proposal to continue and expand military training in the area. The military wants the Forest Service to grant them a permit to increase military exercises in not only the Magdalena Ranger District, but also in the Mount Taylor and Mountainair areas.

Increases in operations in the Magdalena Ranger District would mean more helicopter, Osprey and airplane activity including low-level tactical navigation, approach, departures and more. Para rescue activity includes activities day and night, over 100,000 rounds fired annually and an increased number of courses held in the area. The environmental assessment allows for 4,378 sorties (flights) a year.