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FWS participation on Fort Huachuca Joint land Use Study committees
Southwest Region, March 15, 2007
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FWS recently concluded its participation in a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for Fort Huachuca.  We are also currently engaged in formal consultation under the ESA for the installation's operations.

The JLUS is a collaborate planning process co-led by the Department of Defense and the Arizona Department of Commerce in which diverse stakeholders are assembled t (1) determine which land uses challenge the continued operation of a military installation; (2) identify land uses that are compatible with continued operation; and (3) prepare a report documenting strategies that the installation and local jurisdictions can implement to ensure compatible use of adjacent lands. Over a period of five months, FWS participated in both the JLUS Working Group and Policy Advisory Committee to assist Fort Huachuca in identifying compatible uses that would also conserve trust resources (primarily aquifer protection related to the upper San Pedro River). We are currently engaged in formal consultation under the ESA for the installation's operations.

Additional information on the Fort Huachuca JLUS can be found on the web at:

http://www.azcommerce.com/Military/Compat/Ft.+Huachuca+JLUS.htm

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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