In evaluating a U.S. Army proposal to train combat helicopters in the North Cascades, U.S. Forest Service analysts will make sure the Army’s environmental analysis covers all the potential impacts to the national forest. “They’ll do NEPA [National Environmental Policy Act] the Forest Service way — all our species, our bugs, bunnies and ferns,” said Sara White, environmental program …
Forget the black helicopter jokes and whacko conspiracy theories. What the U.S. Army has in mind for the Methow Valley and a sizable surrounding area is real, a lot scarier and not the least bit funny. The Army wants to substitute the Methow Valley and a substantial swath of North Central Washington for Afghanistan and […]
Meeting on helicopter training plan A community meeting to discuss the U.S. Army’s proposal to train helicopter pilots in a large region that includes the Methow Valley will be held Friday (July 24) at Confluence Gallery in Twisp, from 7 – 9 p.m. The meeting was organized by concerned citizens and not by the Army or any other […]
A proposal to train U.S. Army helicopter pilots in the mountains in a large area that includes the Methow Valley has stirred up what one person called a “hornet’s nest” because of the potential impact on hikers, horseback riders and others who prize mountain trails for their peace and quiet. Biologists have cited risks to fragile alpine environments, plants and wildlife.
Army helicopter pilots could train for flying, landing and evasive maneuvers in a large region that includes the Methow Valley if the U.S. Army approves a plan for a new mountain training area.
The Aviation Division with Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) near Tacoma is proposing four new training areas for Black Hawk, Apache and …