THE community can learn more about the Department of Defense’s public access plan during a presentation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Agana Shopping Center.

The Guam State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the Joint Region Marianas (JRM) are seeking public comments until Aug. 14 to assist with the development of the plan, which will facilitate public visits to historic sites of interest on DOD properties, as well as allow citizens to safely collect culturally important natural resources.

More than 30 sites are listed in the public access plan, including several which are being considered for the National Register of Historic Places.

Aside from NRHP-eligible places, historic properties as covered in the plan include “those with some level of historic and/or cultural interest and significance as recommended by the Guam SHPO and/or other interested parties during the access plan public involvement process.”

The areas addressed by the plan include Naval Base Guam, Naval Munitions Site, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Andersen Air Force Base, and properties leased by the defense department on Tinian.

The proposed regular access hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for visits to historic properties.

Moreover, as proposed in the plan, requestors must submit a request form at least 30 business days (excluding weekends and federal holidays) in advance of the requested visit date.

Following the public review period, comments will be considered and the plan will be finalized. The program is expected to become active in late 2014.

According to a release, copies of the document are available at the Mayors’ Council of Guam, Guam Historic Preservation Trust, University of Guam Robert F. Kennedy Library, Richard F. Taitano Micronesian Area Research Center and the Nieves M. Flores Public Library.

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