Please attend one or more of the three meetings/hearings. Below is the flyer released by the Army. Be sure to notify others of this and help them understand the importance of their participation.

Letters and comments are requested for final printing in the final EIS you have to submit them via e-mail or by letter - by November 27, 2006. NOTE: Public review period for Fort Carson and Pinon Canyon is extended to Jan 11, 2007.
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NOTICE:

US ARMY
NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS

DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS
TRANSFORMATIONAL PROGRAMS
FORT CARSON AND PINON CANYON MANEUVER SITE, COLORADO

The U.S. Department of the Army announces the availability of two Draft Environmental Impact Statements (DEIS), prepared under the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), for implementing transformational programs at FORT CARSON, located near Colorado Springs, Colorado and at the PINON CANYON MANEUVER SITE (PCMS), located in southeastern Colorado.

The Fort Carson Transformation DEIS evaluates the Army’s Proposed Action to station approximately 8,500 additional Soldiers at Fort Carson, provide facilities for Soldiers and their dependents, and increase the frequency of maneuver and live-fire training exercises. This DEIS also documents the compliance of the Proposed Action with the General Conformity Rule requirements of the Clean Air Act, as well as the Army’s continued need for withdrawal of public land and mineral rights under Section 2903 of Public Law 104-201, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997.

The PCMS Transformation DEIS evaluates the Army’s Proposed Action to train approximately 8,500 additional Soldiers, construct facilities, and increase the frequency of training at the PCMS. This DEIS also incorporates conclusions for continued withdrawal of public land and mineral rights under Section 2903 of Public Law 104-201. The DEIS does not address the potential land acquisition for the PCMS, which would be covered under a separate NEPA action if approved.

Public meetings will be held on the following dates to provide information and record public comments:

Fort Carson Transformation DEIS
Public Meeting

Wednesday, November 1 — 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Mesa Ridge High School
Room 134
(South end parking lot)
6070 Mesa Ridge Parkway
Colorado Springs, Colorado

PCMS Transformation DEIS
Public Meetings

Wednesday, November 1 — 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Mesa Ridge High School, Room 134
6070 Mesa Ridge Parkway
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Thursday, November 2 — 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Trinidad State Jr. College, Sullivan Student Center
600 Prospect St., Trinidad, Colorado

Friday, November 3 — 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Otero Jr. College, Student Center Banquet Room
2001 San Juan Ave., La Junta, Colorado

An open house with workshop exhibits will be available at 5:30 p.m., followed by welcoming remarks starting promptly at 6:00 p.m. An oral comment period will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Written comments will be accepted through November 27, 2006 by mail, e-mail, or facsimile sent to:

Fort Carson NEPA Coordinator
Directorate of Environmental Compliance and Management
1638 Elwell St., Building 6236, Fort Carson, CO 80913-4000
Fax: (719) 526-1705 / Email: nepa@carson.army.mil

PCMS NEPA Coordinator
Directorate of Environmental Compliance and Management
1638 Elwell St., Building 6236, Fort Carson, CO 80913-4000
Fax: (719) 526-1705 / Email: pcmsnepa@carson.army.mil

Printed copies of the Fort Carson DEIS and PCMS DEIS are available for review at the Fountain Library, Fort Carson Grant Library, Penrose Public Library (Colorado Springs), East Library and Information Center (Colorado Springs), Manitou Springs Public Library, Security Public Library, Pueblo City-County Library, Canon City Public Library, Rocky Ford City Library, Woodruff Memorial Library (La Junta), Huerfano County Public Library (Walsenburg), and Carnegie Public Library (Trinidad). Copies of the DEIS also are available online at http://www.hqda.army.mil/acsim/brac/nepa_eis_docs.htm

For questions regarding the public meetings or location of DEIS review documents, contact the PCMS NEPA Coordinator at (719) 526-0912 or the Fort Carson NEPA Coordinator at (719) 526-4666. For media queries relating to the public meetings, call the Fort Carson Public Affairs Office at (719) 526-3420.