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Meridian Institute

Air Force Training Range Mediation

Related: Environment and Natural Resources, Resilience

Over a four-day period in July 1999, Meridian helped the US Air Force and the Greater Owyhee Legal Defense (a coalition of citizen conservation and sporting organizations and individuals) settle two lawsuits dating back to 1990 and several associated appeals regarding Air Force operations in southwestern Idaho. The settlement discussions resulted in a balancing of Air Force operations with environmental concerns, to the satisfaction of all the parties.

The issues under consideration included: public involvement related to Air Force training over the Owyhee Canyonlands, seasonal restrictions to supersonic flights, target locations and seasonal restrictions on the use of emitter sites, monitoring of wildlife habitat and populations, studies of aircraft noise at sensitive wildlife and recreation areas, fire management, and funding for an eco-regional approach to planning.

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