Date: 11/20/21 2:14 pm
From: Blake Ketchum <podzol...>
Subject: Re: m19 Why Warthog Flights over PA WILDS Must be Stopped

They frequently fly over Blue Knob and the state park down in northern Bedford/Southern Blair counties.

Blake

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> On Nov 20, 2021, at 3:03 PM, Nick Kerlin <000056793b0161d0-dmarc-request...> wrote:
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> From: Richard Martin <forestcoalition...>
> Date: November 20, 2021 at 2:15:02 PM EST
> To: <conservation...>
> Subject: m19 Why Warthog Flights over PA WILDS Must be Stopped
> Reply-To: Richard Martin <forestcoalition...>
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> Why Warthog Flights over PA WILDS Must be Stopped
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> We hunt, fish, hike, paddle, bike, watch Elk, birds & other wildlife and enjoy nature at its best in the PA WILDS. We seek solitude, not aircraft strafing at tree-top level.
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> While we support our military, the PA Wilds is not the appropriate place to conduct extremely low-level training in airplanes. Our voices must be heard before the public comment period closes on December 15.
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> The PA WILDS is a $1.8 billion industry that makes up 11 percent of the region’s economy. DCNR, alone, has invested over $180 million in the region since 2003.
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> The PA WILDS is promoted as an unspoiled destination for those seeking nature-based tourism. It cannot become a training ground for aircraft strafing runs.
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> Please use only 3 or 4 of the ten comments below, along with your own thoughts. Your comments should be clear, valid and NOT just a copy & paste of everything. That would be viewed as a form letter and disregarded.
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> Prior to any final decisions on these extremely low-level training flights over PA WILDS, the Maryland Air National Guard must hold Public Meetings in the counties which will be affected by the flights. These meetings must be held at times and places which encourage wide participation. Meeting must be well-advertised, including efforts to include the Plain Sect communites residing within this region.
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> By law, all Federal agencies must protect the environment by carefully weighing environmental considerations and considering potential alternatives to the proposed action before launching any major federal action.
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> The National Guard is required to prepare a detailed Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). It must be complete, comprehensive and must be published for all those affected may view it.
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> The EIS must include any adverse effects and alternatives to the proposed action. In short, the National Guard must clearly justify all Federal actions which affect the quality of our environment
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> The National Guard’s very premature statement of FONSI ( Finding Of No Significant Impact ). Demonstrates bad faith. The National Guard must conduct a full Environmental Impact Study and then host public meetings in each of the impacted counties (Cameron, Clinton, Elk, McKean and Potter).
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> The National Guard has not considered a simple, safe and reasonable alternative: Set up courses for training at their airports with Red Bull aircraft race pylons to safely practice maneuvers.
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> Previous training flights by the NY National Guard in Pennsylvania were at tree-top level and had resulted in extremely dangerous situations.
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> DCNR reports detailed several incidents during previous A-10 (Warthog) flights by the NY National Guard which raised serious safety concerns during training flights over the PA Wilds area.
> [ ] While using an air tanker on a wildfire, our plane was flying in a generally easterly direction from the Moshannon Air tanker base, approaching the side hill fire header. Airspace was closed to all other traffic, but a Warthog was flying low just above the west branch of Susquehanna River. The air tanker was diverted just in time to avoid a disastrous mid air collision. The Air operations manager for Bureau of Forestry made an official complaint.
> [ ] Where a power line crosses the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in the vicinity of the village of Keating in western Clinton County, an A-10 was flying low above the river and the tail sections of the aircraft severed a power line which crossed the river. The high voltage power line whipped across Pa Route 120.
> [ ] While BOF crews were planting tree seedlings by using mechanized tree planters pulled by small dozers, National Guard Warthogs would practice strafing by using the active tree planter as targets. This was totally unsafe and frightening.
> The Maryland Air National Guard must extend the December 15th deadline to accommodate the Public Meetings and ensure that participants have ample opportunity to respond to what they hear during the presentations.
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> Yours in conservation,
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> Dick Martin
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