- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Federal land managers are mulling a request by Fort Carson to use public land for high altitude helicopter training.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1ndEjv0 ) the post has used land supervised by the Bureau of Land Management’s Royal Gorge Field Office for training since 2010 on a “temporary and infrequent basis.” But Fort Carson officials are seeking a long-term agreement.

The post and the Army Corps of Engineers want to use land in Teller, Fremont and Park counties to give pilots experience operating helicopters at a high altitude and in mountainous terrain because it is “imperative for combat deployments to mountainous regions.”

More than 40 people attended a public meeting about the proposal Wednesday night. Their most common concern was helicopter noise.

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Information from: The Gazette, https://www.gazette.com

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