Scoping comments have concluded, but we remain active, staying in contact with our public officials and the many public agencies that would need to sign off on this proposal. Now the Air Force is preparing the Draft EIS, which is planned to be released in the fall of 2023. After that there will be a public review and comment period, the Final EIS (summer 2024), and the Record of Decision (fall 2024).
Peaceful Chiricahua Skies is a local coalition of organizations, businesses, and individuals in the Chiricahua-Peloncillo and surrounding areas acting as a clearinghouse for those opposing expanded military training flights in the Tombstone MOA area.
Members of our coalition include the Center for Biological Diversity, Southwestern Research Station (American Museum of Natural History), Friends of Cave Creek Canyon, Chiricahua Regional Council, Peaceful Gila Skies, Natural Allies, Migration Taco, and others. PCS has no paid staff. It is an all volunteer effort supported by volunteers who are residents of the area affected. We are also relying on assistance from our coalition member organizations. (Because of our expedited need to get this effort going, it will be necessary to announce these partners over time. If you would like to join our coalition, please let us know.)
Here is more information about the U.S. Air Force proposal to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to assess the potential environmental consequences associated with optimizing the Special Use Airspace (SUA) to support aircrews stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Luke AFB, and Morris Air National Guard Base in Arizona.
Read our most recent press release here. (Other press releases and press coverage available here.)