Maine receives first Army environmental award for development of Woodville training site
The Maine Army National Guard has been selected as the winner of the 2022 Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Natural Resource Conservation in the less than 10,000 acres installation award category. He will advance to compete as an Army nominee for the 2022 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards in the same category.
Maine’s selection stems from efforts over the past two years to facilitate the creation of a 5,400+ acre training site, while balancing development goals with protecting over 1,000 acres of areas wetlands and critical habitat for endangered species such as Atlantic salmon and Canada lynx. .
“Extensive effort has gone into this incremental project to bring a state-of-the-art military training facility to Maine,” said Maj. Gen. Douglas Farnham, Maine’s adjutant general.
The project began in 2013 with a requirement to acquire a significant acreage in T2R9 NWP Township, followed by additional land in the nearby town of Woodville. Recent achievements include a full environmental assessment and all associated land use permits, public forums, construction of a 25 meter small arms and light weapons range, multi-purpose operations buildings, as well as a battalion-sized encampment area and the replacement of 7 miles of the original network of old logging roads.
The Maine Army National Guard intends to continue to develop the site to include more permanent infrastructure and to expand the newly constructed 25-meter range to a 1,500-meter range suitable for training to the new training standards. army small arms, as well as collective arms.