The public will have a chance to weigh in on a plan to allow air tours over Bandelier National Monument near Los Alamos.

The National Park Service and the Federal Aviation Administration are asking for public comment on the draft of the proposed Air Tour Management Plan.

Under the plan, up to 101 air tours would be allowed each year across nine defined routes. That number is based on the average number that were reported over the monument between 2017 and 2019.



Comments can be submitted through the Park Service's planning, environment and public comment website through Oct. 3. The project's plans are also available to look at on the website.

There are concerns air tours could damage wildlife and other natural and cultural resources.

Bandelier National Monument is among two dozen parks in the National Park System considering air tour management plans. 

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William Craig

https://parkplanning.nps.gov/commentForm.cfm?documentID=114715

is their comment page.

https://parkplanning.nps.gov/showFile.cfm?projectID=103440&MIMEType=application%252Fpdf&filename=BAND%5FATMP%5FDraft%20for%20Public%20Review%5F508%2Epdf&sfid=536480

is the PDF with maps.

Kathy Fish

The fact that so little information is shared in this article should negate this as a legitimate request for comment. There's no detail about where the flights will depart from, who is operating the flights, how much they will cost, or what times of day they will run and for how long. Who will benefit from this initiative? And where exactly is the link to comment - besides in the comments section here? The article seems to discourage participation through vagaries, generalizations, and assumptions. We demand a legitimate call for comments before any decisions are even considered.

William Craig

https://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=27&projectID=103440&documentID=114715

has links to the PDF documents and has buttons for making comments.

According to the PDF appendix, the tours are being flown by SouthwestSafaris.com that has been operating out of S.F. Airport for many years, taking sightseers on a variety of flights as far away as the Grand Canyon (a 5¼-hour round-trip, they say).

Evidently the point of the "management plan" is to establish flight corridors over national parks and monuments like Bandelier.

Kathy Fish

Indeed: Comment "NO SUPPORT" to protect Santa Fe residents against noise and air pollution overhead, and disruptive flights over wilderness and sacred grounds. We will not benefit from this initiative, and private overhead tours are not an appropriate use of commonwealth resources. (Feel free to copy and paste this into your comment of non-support.)

William Craig

https://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=27&projectID=103440&documentID=114715

has links to the PDF documents and has buttons for making comments, which should be all negative.

According to the PDF appendix, the tours would be flown by SouthwestSafaris.com operating out of S.F. Airport.

dennis feeley

More information needed. Who, what, when and where.

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