News Release 7.29.2015

The report examines the relationship and challenges of Arizona’s military installations, the publicly owned lands surrounding them and the public’s support of obtaining additional conservation easements adjacent to military facilities. “I encourage citizens to attend these meetings, which will frame the issue for the public,” Dowdy said.

The first community conversation will be at the Glendale Public Library at 5959 West Brown Street, Glendale, at 6:00 p.m. August 4. A full listing of the meetings is shown below.

The program will cover key findings of the report, which examined situations at Luke Air Force Base, Barry Goldwater Range, Marine Corp Air Station at Yuma, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Flagstaff Navy Observatory, Fort Huachuca, and various National Guard sites. In each location, the Sonoran Institute studied interference with military operations to understand how they were handled. The findings show that interference with military operations can be direct, indirect, or perceived (without any factual support but still having an impact). The report classifies forms of encroachment and proposes strategies or tools to establish sustainable, mutual benefits between military, federal, state operations and public needs.
Public participation is welcome as presenters explore the pros and cons of the report findings. All meetings will begin at 6:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
6:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Glendale Public Library
Main Auditorium
5959 West Brown Street
Glendale, Arizona
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Aldrich Auditorium
2351 West 26th Street
Yuma, Arizona

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tucson Midtown Police Station
Main Conference Room
1100 South Alvernon Way
Tucson, Arizona

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Northern Arizona Healthcare
Main Conference Room
1200 North Beaver Street
Flagstaff, Arizona
Monday, August 24, 2015
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cochise College
Room 702
901 North Colombo Avenue
Sierra Vista, Arizona

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