Military Training

 Holloman Air Force Base's announced plan to create a new flyover zone for F-16 training missions that basically encompasses all of the Gila National Forest, the Cosmic Campground, and most of its wilderness areas.  The zone barely misses Silver City itself.  Something like 10,000 F-16 sorties per year are contemplated, at altitudes as low as 500 feet, complete with the dropping of 15,000 bursts of anti-radar chaff and a similar number of "flares".   Holloman says it will help in the rare event the flares cause fires.

This proposed action would if approved would devastate the night sky, wild life, and tourism in the area.  Please let your voice be heard [Don't let the date on the form stop you. They are still taking comments. Everyone of you can make a difference]: