The U.S. Army is in the process of preparing an environmental impact statement to retain 23,000 acres of land it leases from the state at Pohakuloa Training Area on the island of Hawaii, Military.com reports.
The land also sits adjacent to 110,000 acres of government-owned land, which the Army also seeks access for training purposes.
A land lease is set to expire in 2029.
The plans to renew the lease have raised concern from local community groups.
“We’ve been concerned that the Army is trying to renew their lease early–they’ve been engaged in negotiations and I fear that they are going to try to use eminent domain to try to condemn lands. So that would be unacceptable to many people in the community, ” said Kyle Kajihiro, who is with the group Hawaii Peace and Justice.
The Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard and Army Reserve use the 132,000-acre range on Hawaii island, which the Army calls the “Pacific’s premier training area.”
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