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Military Applies To Expand Testing Range In Arizona

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The federal Bureau of Land Management is working with the military to allow for the continuation of testing, training and national defense at the Barry Goldwater Range in southern Arizona.

The BLM is processing the military’s request to extend the current reservation of 1.7 million acres of public lands along the U.S.-Mexico border for defense purposes.

The Air Force and Navy also seek the withdrawal of the acreage from all forms of appropriation under the public land laws including mining, mineral leasing and geothermal leasing.

In addition, the Air Force has requested the withdrawal of more than 23-hundred acres of contiguous public lands.

The requests must be approved by Congress.

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