NAVFAC Marianas Seeks Public Comment on Proposed DoD Access Plan

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Guam – The Guam and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO) in coordination with Joint Region Marianas (JRM) are accepting public comments for the Department of Defense (DoD) public access plan through Oct. 24.

Required by the Guam and CNMI Programmatic Agreement (PA) associated with the Marine Corps Realignment, this public access plan will facilitate visits to cultural and historic sites of interest and significance located on DoD properties in Guam and CNMI.

“This is a collaborative process,” said Jennifer Farley, natural resources specialist, Joint Region Marianas.  “Community involvement is so crucial at
this phase, as we draft a plan designed to balance access to cultural and historic sites on military installations with military operations, and
improve current procedures.”

Interested members of the public may download comment forms at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific Cultural Resources
Information (CRI) website: http://bit.ly/NAVFAC-GuamPA, or at the Guam SHPO website: http://www.historicguam.org.

Printed forms in English, Chamorro and Carolinian are available at the following locations:

GUAM
Guam SHPO Office
Office of the Department of Chamorro Affairs
Each village Mayors’ Office
Office of the Mayors Council of Guam
University of Guam Micronesia Area Research Center (MARC)

CNMI
Saipan, Tinian and Rota SHPO Offices
Saipan, Tinian and Rota Mayors’ Offices
Office of the Mayor of the Northern Mariana Islands
Public Libraries in Saipan and Tinian
CNMI Department of Chamorro Affairs
CNMI Department of Indigenous Affairs