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Buckley begins encroachment initiative

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Buckley Air Force Base will begin its Encroachment Prevention Committee efforts April 20 with a kick-off workshop to begin a dialogue on encroachment issues facing the installation and local community.

The goals of the workshop are to discuss the committee charter, the Air Force installation complex encroachment management action plan process (ICEMAP), identify staff roles and responsibilities in managing encroachment and to share the tools necessary to establish collaborative relationships among the committee.

Following the workshop, the consultant team from Marstel-Day will conduct installation-wide interviews April 21 to 23 for information gathering related to preparing the ICEMAP for Buckley.

The committee is part of an Air Force enterprise-wide encroachment management initiative and has representation from the entire installation complex, including tenants. The initiative will review and assess factors occurring both within the confines of the military installations and those external within the community that have the potential to negatively impact military operations and growth and safety in the local community.

The Air Force Civil Engineer selected Air Force Space Command to be the demonstration command. AFSPC chose Buckley as well as Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Buckley represents a smaller, satellite command and control mission while Patrick and Cape Canaveral represent a large range launch.

The ICEMAP will analyze and factor crucial encroachment data as the underpinning for recommendations to sustain a compatible mission and community through targeted action steps. Its goal is to arrive at solutions beneficial to all stakeholders. The lessons learned and successes gained from this demonstration program will then serve as an encroachment management prototype Air Force-wide.

The Buckley ICEMAP will likely study the following areas: air and land space restrictions, airborne noise, urban growth, internal encroachment, frequency spectrum, energy, endangered species and critical habitat, wetlands, air quality, clean water and climate change. The ICEMAP will be complete in September 2010.
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