DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY
NAVAL AIR STATION FALLON
4755 PASTURE ROAD
FALLON, NEVADA 89496-5000

28 Nov 00

Dear Interested Citizen,

The U.S. Department of the Navy (Navy) is in the early stages of preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for Fort Hunter Liggett.  The installation is located in Monterey County California, approximately 23 miles southwest of the King City and about 45 miles northwest of Paso Robles.  The EA will assist Navy and Army in evaluating the effects from developing a Navy practice ordnance training target area adjacent to an established high explosive Army training target area.  Both target areas are located within the larger designated Stony Valley Training Area at Fort Hunter Liggett.

The EA is being prepared in accordance with Section 102 (2) (c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 as implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR Parts 15OO-1508).  Accordingly, the environmental assessment will analyze the potential impacts to the local environment that may result from the proposed action.  Additionally, the EA will explore potential impacts of any viable alternatives to the proposed action as well as those impacts from a "no action" alternative.  A fact sheet and map describing the project area is attached for your review.

The Navy is requesting information you may have pertaining to the natural and or cultural resources at Fort Hunter Liggett.  Please identify by January 15, 2001, any information issues, or concerns you may have about these resources or their management with regards to the proposed training target area.  Please submit your comments or data sources to:   Larry Jones (Code N45F), Building 307, NAS Fallon, 4755 Pasture Road, Fallon, Nevada 89496.  Telephone: (775) 426-2405, FAX: (775) 426-2680, email: jones.larry@fallon.navy.mil.  Your assistance in this early phase of the project is appreciated.

Sincerely,

L.L. Jones

Program Manager for Ranges

By direction of the Commanding officer

 

 

Fort Hunter Liggett, California Environmental Assessment (EA) for the General Doolittle Training Target Area

Fort Hunter Liggett (FHL) is located in west-central California Monterey County, approximately 23 miles southwest of King City and 45 mile northwest of Paso Robles.  The installation occupies approximately 164,760 and is situated in the San Antonio Valley and the Santa Lucia Mountains.  The installation is bordered by the Los Padres National Forest to the north and west, San Luis Obispo County to the south and by various private and agricultural lands to the east.

Fort Hunter Liggett was established in 1940 and originally was named Hunter Liggett Military Reservation (HLMR).  By 1941, troops began arriving at HLMR to receive training for World War II; HLMR was again used in the 1950s for that same purpose during the Korean Conflict.  In 1956, HLMR was selected as a field laboratory for the Combat Development Experimentation Center, later known as the US Army Test and Experimentation Command Experimentation Center.  In 1975, the installation was designated Fort Hunter Liggett and is currently a major training site for infantry, armor, and combined arms training for the four branches of the armed services and the California Army National Guard.

General land uses on the installation include military training and testing,administration, residential, and recreation.  Urban and administrative functions occur primarily within the cantonment area while the remainder of Fort Hunter Liggett is used for training, research and testing functions.

Three non-military in-holdings are located at the installation; the Tidball Store -- a Monterey County owned structure situated on Army land, the town of Jolon, and the Mission San Antonio de Padua.  Jolon is at the main entrance to the base on Jolon Road.  Mission San Antonio de Padua is in the cantonment area and occupies approximately 105 acres, including the mission, residences for clergy, a cemetery, and outbuildings (see attached map).  The mission is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and is owned by the Monterey Diocese of the Catholic Church and the Franciscan Order.

A variety of native habitat types can be found throughout Fort Hunter Liggett.  The valley and lower foothill areas of Fort Hunter Liggett are characterized by annual and native grasslands, chaparral and oak woodlands, riparian areas, and various water habitats including vernal pools, stock ponds and reservoirs.  The mountainous region of Fort Hunter Liggett includes conifer forest, oak woodland, chaparral, and prominent rock outcroppings.  Fort Hunter Liggett also has a diverse cultural heritage, evidenced by numerous military era and cultural landscape features.

Proposal

The Navy is proposing to establish an air to ground training target area at Fort Hunter Liggett.  The proposed training target area is approximately five nautical miles west of the Fort Hunter Liggett administration area, at the north end of Stony Valley and approximately 67 nautical miles from Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore.  The training target area is located in an area currently utilized by the Army and Navy for training purposes and is located adjacent to an existing Army high explosive target area, both of witch are within the larger Stony Valley training area.  As part of the Navy's proposed action, only practice ordinance will be used; no live or high explosive weapons will be expended.

The development of the air to ground training target area would include construction of the following:  a scored, conventional bull's eyes, 500 feet in diameter, with concentric rings placed at 100, 200  and 250 feet; a point target at the center of the bull's eye; lighting at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock positions; a run-in-line with markers at every 6000 feet; and a Weapons Impact Scoring system.

The establishment of an air to ground target area at Fort Hunter Liggett would enable the Naval Strike Fighter Wing at NAS Lemoore to more efficiently meet mandated Navy tactical aviation training objectives.  It is the intention of the Navy to work closely with US Army personnel to assure that potential impacts to natural and cultural resources in the proposed project area will be addressed in the Environmental Assessment.

 

 

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