Rein in those planes

  Anyone who has had their solitude blasted by the sudden scream of low-flying military jets while hiking in the West will want a copy of the 24-page Citizen's Guide to Opposing Military Airspace Expansion. While the military has downsized its airfleet almost by half since the demise of the Soviet Union, it continues to seek more airspace for training in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico and Oregon. The guide explains what "Military Operation Areas' and "Military Training Routes' really are, the laws affecting military airspace, and how citizens can effectively oppose airspace proposals. It also lists citizen groups opposed to airspace expansion. "It's a great introduction to a growing issue of the military taking over airspace in the West," says Craig Gehrke, The Wilderness Society's Idaho director, who is battling the Air Force's fourth attempt to expand into Idaho's Owyhee Canyonlands.


A free copy of the guide can be obtained from the National Airspace Coalition, 4117 Pebblebrook Circle, Bloomington, MN 55437 (612/831-3096/0387 fax).


* John Rosapepe