By KRIS REILLY, Editor
The Marines published their draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) on Feb. 25. It confirmed what many local residents already feared: much of Johnson Valley OHV would be closed permanently for training exercises as part of the Twentynine Palms base expansion plan.
A smaller portion would be used by the Marines for training two months out of the year, and another portion will remain open for public use .
The closest public meeting on the matter will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Victorville on April 14 at 5 p.m. Two other meetings are planned for Ontario (April 13) and Joshua Tree (April 12).
A message was left last Friday on the project’s public comment line asking why there are no meetings planned for Johnson Valley or Lucerne Valley, but the call was not returned as of press time on Monday afternoon.
The plan must go through several stages of approval before it goes into effect. The public comment period on the DEIS ends May 26.
Contact project representatives vie e-mail at SMBPLMSWEBPAO@usmc.mil, via regular mail at MAGTFTC, MCAGCC, Bldg. 1554, Box 788104, Twentynine Palms, CA 92278-8104, by phone at (760) 830-3764 or visit http://www.marines.mil/unit/29palms/las/ for more details.
Under the Marines’ current timeline, a final environmental impact statement would be completed by December.
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