Take Action to Oppose Military Overflights over the Gila & Aldo Leopold Wilderness Areas

I oppose the proposal to expand military overflights out of Holloman Air Force Base to areas over the Gila Wilderness and Aldo Leopold Wilderness. The economy of Silver City and the surrounding areas is heavily dependent on people visiting the Gila from all over the world. The nation’s first wilderness area, and the largest in the state, attracts visitors who want to experience its quiet places, see its archeological sites, float its rivers, see its wolves, and hunt its elk. All of these activities require a quiet forest and would be disastrously impacted by 10,000 low-elevation military flights and 30,000 flares, which can devastatingly disrupt wildlife in addition to the activities of humans. This is especially troubling given the pervasive risk of forest fires.

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