The current charted Duke MOA is located in north central Pennsylvania with a small portion extending past the southern boundary of New York (Cattaraugus County). Rough calculations indicate their area for war games would cover roughly 800 square miles, and some flights would be as low as 100-feet above the ground.
The counties affected are Cameron, Clinton, Elk, McKean, Potter and Tioga— the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds region.
For those who have never seen or heard an A-10 Warthog, it’s a fighter jet known as a tankbuster, with huge, whistling and roaring, twin jet engines on both sides of the rear fuselage, with each one capable of producing over 9,000 foot pounds of thrust: General Electric TF34-GE-100A turbofans, 9,065 lbf (40.32 kN) each
Imagine how all this activity would freak-out wildlife like Elk, not to mention hikers and campers seeking some solitude in a quiet wilderness adventure.
Some of the comments made by the PA DCNR in October 2019:
“Twelve state parks would be impacted by this proposed activities, including Bucktail, Cherry Springs, Denton Hill, Elk, Kettle Creek, Lyman Run, Ole Bull, Patterson, Prouty Place, Sinnemahoning and Sizerville. [The proposed Low MOA training area] … is the Commonwealth’s greatest concentration of public lands, the state’s largest acreage of wilderness and is home to two National Wild & Scenic Rivers, the largest elk herd in the northeast, and Cherry Springs State Park, a Gold Level Dark Sky Park designated by the International Dark Sky Association. If the proposed Low MOA is approved there will be an impact on outdoor recreation, especially for those that are seeking a wilderness experience. This impact may constitute a conversion [of use for properties conserved in the area under the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund] which will require the acquisition of replacement land.”
Linda Devlin, executive director of the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau:
“The Allegheny National Forest is not being given any consideration as to what the low MOA flights will do to the abundant wildlife, or to the human recreational activities occurring in our region. Visitors come to our region to experience nature’s beauty, the sound of birds chirping, the flight of an eagle overhead, and the crunch of leaves underfoot as they hike along a trail. They come here to escape from the noise of civilization. If this was a high income residential area, this flight schedule would never be proposed. It is being proposed with no input or outreach to the people who reside here or to the over 3 million visitors per year who come here to recreate.”
“Here at Warfield Air National Guard Base, protecting the environment is a top priority and will be a major consideration in decision-making. In all of our activities we will seek to: Build environmental concerns into all policies, programs, and missions; Integrate environmental information awareness into all levels of management; Achieve continuous improvements in environmental performance over and above regulatory and legislative requirements. The MDANG endorses the continual improvement and execution of an installationwide Environmental Management System in accordance with Air Force Policy Directive (AFPD) 90-8, Environment, Safety & Occupational Health and Risk Management. All questions can be directed to Capt DeJaun M. Saunders at 243-6486 or Abel Folarin at 243-6062”
Governor Larry Hogan, 100 State Circle, Annapolis, Maryland 21401-1925
General Charles Q. Brown Jr., Air Force Chief of Staff, 1670 Air Force Pentagon, Washington, DC 20330-1670
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Lloyd J. Austin III, Secretary of Defense, 1000 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1000
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Brigadier General Paul Johnson, Warfield Air National Guard Base, 2701 Eastern Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21220