BLM to discuss old munitions sites at May 22 open house

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What: Bureau of Land Management open house about munitions study of two former Colorado National Guard Training sites located in Moffat County

When: 5 to 7 p.m. May 22

Where: BLM’s Little Snake Field office, 455 Emerson St., in Craig

— The open house will provide information about a study into the possible presence of munitions at both sites as well as about proper removal or management options if munitions are present. For more information, contact Major Erick Wells at 720-250-1391, or at erick.wells@us.ar...

A munitions study of two former Colorado National Guard training sites located in Moffat County will be the subject of an upcoming open house hosted by the Bureau of Land Management, the agency reported in a news release.

The open house is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. May 22 at the BLM’s Little Snake Field office, 455 Emerson St., in Craig.

The study is designed to assess the nature and extent of old military munitions possibly present at the old Sand Wash Artillery Range and Craig Small Arms Range at Cedar Mountain, both of which are located on BLM land, and to determine if the munitions pose a safety problem for people or the environment.

Both facilities were used for live-fire and practice munitions training by the Colorado Army National Guard, according to the release.

If munitions are found, a study will be commissioned to determine proper removal or management of the munitions, and what safety precautions might be needed. Field investigations, including helicopter fly-over surveys at the Sand Wash site and on-the ground surveys at both locations, will begin this summer, according to the release.

The open house will provide further information on these activities, and steps being taken to be sensitive to natural and cultural resources.

Basic tips regarding the "3Rs of public safety" — recognize, retreat and report — relating to old military munitions will also be shared.

For more information, contact Major Erick Wells at 720-250-1391, or at erick.wells@us.army.mil.

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