New Mexico Audubon Society Conservation Issues

Holloman Air Force Base F-16 Flight Training

In Fall of 2019 Holloman Air Force Base invited public input to address their plan to expand training flights for new F-16 pilots.   Using their Environmental Impact Statement, they described options they would like to consider for their expanded activities. The options include two that would expand the flights westward from the base, with overflights into Aldo Leopold Wilderness Areas and  over Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument.  They presented their proposals at several public meetings throughout the state. Several members of the Mesilla Valley Audubon Society went to the one in Las Cruces. 

 

The idea of responding to the invitation for public comment was taken to the MVAS Board, with the decision to solicit help from the NM Audubon Council.  Our consensus was that the proposals for increasing westerly directed training flights had potential for significant environmental damage.  The NM Council took our concerns seriously and developed a letter that was sent to the authorities at Holloman AFB.  Their letter, representing the entire state of New Mexico Audubon membership, will carry much more weight than MVAS acting alone.  It is an example of the benefit of being part of a state and national organization.

 

Attached are some of the communications related to this issue:  (note:  not all web references are still valid as this note is posted)

1. MVAS letter to New Mexico Audubon Council 12/12/2019

2.  NM Audubon Council letter to Holloman Air Force Base

3.  MVAS final response to Holloman