Forest Service accepting comments on permit for Navy electronic warfare training

PORT ANGELES — The U.S. Forest Service is accepting comments on its draft decision, announced this week, to grant a special-use permit for the Navy’s $11.5 million electronic warfare training project.

The five-year permit would allow deployment of three camper-sized mobile transmitters at 11 cleared roadside locations in Olympic National Forest near the Quinault reservation.

Three sites are in Clallam County, three are in Jefferson County and five are in Grays Harbor County.

The training consists of Navy jets interfacing with mobile transmitters that would emit electromagnetic signals that pilots would target in warfare exercises.

The forest service’s draft decision notice and the environmental assessment of the project, including a map of the roadside locations, are available at www.tinyurl.com/PDN-Electrowarfare.

Objections to the decision can be submitted by Jan. 14 only by commenters who have submitted comments during previous designated periods.

Submit objections to Olympic National Forest Supervisor Reta LaFord at http://tinyurl.com/PDN-electrowarfarecomments.

They also can be submitted by fax at 360-956-2330 and by mail or in person at 1835 Black Lake Blvd. S.W., Olympia, WA 98512.

The subject line should state “OBJECTION Pacific Northwest Electronic Warfare Range.”

Olympic National Forest Supervisor Reta LaFord will make a final decision on the special-use permit.