Description: H.Amdt. 427 — 102nd Congress (1991-1992)All Information (Except Text)

Amendment as modified assures continued military uses of the China Lake and Chocolate Mountain Areas, and clarifies that the designation of other California desert lands as wilderness or National Park System areas will not by itself block continued military overflights of those lands.


An amendment which deals with and sets guidelines for military aircraft overflights and other military activities in the California desert. The amendment would specify that nothing in the bill is to preclude low-level overflights of military aircraft, designation of new units of special airspace, or establishment of military flight training routes over the lands designated as national parks and wilderness areas in the bill. It would direct the Interior Department to monitor the effects of aircraft overflights on the resources and values of the parks and wilderness areas, and on visitor enjoyment of these areas; and to seek the assistance of the Defense Department in order to resolve concerns related to military aircraft overflights and to prevent or minimize their adverse effects. The amendment would provide a 15-year renewal of military land withdrawals for two areas in the California desert: China Lake Naval Weapons Center and the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range. The amendment permits the Navy to continue using another 45,000 acres of land in California (the El Centro Ranges) for military purposes until Jan. 1, 1994. However, the amendment also provides that all military uses of these lands would cease on that date unless Congressional authorization for continuation of such activities is in pla.e.

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