GUAM – The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific is looking for public input to help evaluate potential historic properties that could be affected by the military buildup on Guam to prepare for the transfer of the Marines from Okinawa.
Members of the public are requested to visit the Cultural Resources Information (CRI) web site to participate in the consultation with comments or obtain comment forms at the Guam State Historic Preservation Office, NAVFAC said. Comments will be posted on the site, NAVFAC said.
The government of Guam signed the Programmatic Agreement on March 9 to preserve cultural and historical properties on the island during the buildup to prepare for the transfer of 8,600 Marines and their dependants and support staff as early as 2016. The signing of the agreement gave the Navy a green light to award as much as $1.2 billion in nine buildup contracts starting in April.
“The Guam State Historic Preservation Officer, Lynda Aguon, strongly emphasized the importance of providing the maximum amount of opportunities for the public to participate in the consultation process,” NAVFAC Pacific Archaeologist Val Curtis said. “We agreed that the CRI website would be the most appropriate avenue to reach out to the public.”
Negotiations for the Programmatic Agreement centered on protecting Guam’s historic Pagat Village and caves. NAVFAC said that, for the consultation process, it will “take into account comments received within 45 days of the date of delivery of PA memos to the SHPO, and public notification of the memos on the CRI website.”