We Are Guåhan launches “Not One More Acre” initiative
The Department of Defense controls almost 36,000 acres on Guam – more than ¼ of the entire island – and it wants more. After being sued by We Are Guåhan, the Guam Preservation Trust and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, DoD conceded that a Supplemental EIS was needed. Today, We Are Guåhan launched a “Not One More Acre” initiative to encourage participation in the upcoming scoping meetings, scoping period and Supplemental EIS process.
“In addition to cultural impacts, an increase in traffic, safety concerns and an increase in noise, our community needs to be aware that every single option that DoD has identified requires the acquisition of more land,” said We Are Guåhan member Cara Flores-Mays.
The organization’s initiative includes the launch of http://www.notonemoreacre.com, a website dedicated to information related to the Supplemental EIS such as maps of the 5 alternatives at Pågat and Fena that DoD is considering for the site of its firing range complex. Despite being required by law to consider all “reasonable alternatives,” DoD has eliminated every single site for firing ranges except for two: Pågat and Fena aka “Naval Magazine.” “DoD is still considering taking Pågat and building a firing range complex there,” continued Flores-Mays. “DoD has just added Fena and the surrounding area as another option.”
We Are Guåhan is also encouraging people to sign its petition opposing the acquisition of any additional land on Guam. “DoD’s current footprint is bigger than Umatac, Merizo, Inarajan and Talofofo combined,” said Flores-Mays. “Whether it is 100 acres or 2,000 acres, DoD does not need any more land.”
ATTEND a meeting
* Saturday, March 17 from 1 to 5 p.m., University of Guam Field House, Mangilao
* Monday, March 19 from 5 to 9 p.m., Southern High School, Santa Rita
* Tuesday, March 20 from 5 to 9 p.m., Yigo Gymnasium, Yigo
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If you would like to help gather signatures for the petition, please email Cara Flores-Mays at email@example.com to request an official petition form.Si Yu'os Ma'ase!