Scoping Begins for Expansion of Yuma Proving Ground

The BLM seeks public input on the withdrawal of 22,000 acres in southwestern Arizona for a precision parachute buffer area, according to a yesterday’s news release.

The action would preclude the customary uses of public lands, including mining, mineral and geothermal leasing, subject to existing rights.  Other uses, such as recreation and hunting, would be subject to rules specified by Congress, which will make the final decision.

A project has been opened in ePlanning but no documents have been posted.

A request for a map to the BLM PAO was not immediately answered.

The Cibola-Trigo HMA overlaps the western portion of the facility.  The project map indicates the parcel is on the west side of Highway 95, adjacent to the HMA.

Yuma Proving Grounds Map 04-05-22

The impact on wild horses and burros is not known.

The news release said that two online meetings would be hosted jointly by the Army and BLM but dates were not provided.

Comments can be submitted by email until July 5.

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