Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas is seeking public comment on a plan to construct a fence that will line 780 acres of limestone forest to protect endangered native vegetation from hooved animals such as pigs and deer, according to a release.

The forest project comes as part of the final supplemental environmental impact statement, which requires the U.S. military to provide controlled fencing for native species under the Record of Decision Programmatic Agreement.

The Programmatic Agreement outlines the relocation of thousands of U.S. Marines from Okinawa, Japan, to Guam and other locations in the Pacific.

Public comment encouraged

The proposed fence is slated to enclose approximately 272 acres of secondary limestone forest, hibiscus scrub and other native flora within Northwest Field in Andersen Air Force Base.

The project area is situated on a limestone plateau above the western cliffs of northern Guam, according to the release.

At least half of the fence will run along the shoulder of Route 3A and north of Marine Corps Drive’s main cantonment at the Naval Base Guam Telecommunications Site (NBGTS) in Finegayan.

According to the release, there are no recorded historic properties that fall within the proposed fence line construction.

NAVFAC Marianas is encouraging the public to submit comments on the proposed plan by Dec. 4.

To obtain a copy of the memo describing details of the project, residents can visit the NAVFAC Pacific Cultural Information webpage at http://go.usa.gov/kZWG. Community members may also submit comments by emailing criwebcomment@navy.mil.

NAVFAC is also encouraging the public to subscribe to regular updates related to the Programmatic Agreement by visiting the Joint Region Marianas webpage and signing up at https://go.usa.gov/x5BQS.

Physical copies of the fence line project memo are also available at the Guam Historic Resources Division in Agana Heights.

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