Guam - National Trust for Historic Preservation President Stephanie Meeks is asking Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to intervene when it comes to the decision to approve the military relocation and buildup on Guam. In a letter yesterday, one of the important components of the buildup is firing ranges, which will have an adverse effect on Pagat Village.
Many in the local community are against the creation of a firing range on the back road to Andersen Air Force Base because it is an important cultural heritage site. Pagat is the last remaining and best preserved pre-colonial village owned by the Government of Guam. Meeks says the construction will destroy portions of the limestone forest and trees used for medicinal purposes.
In addition, to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Guam Legislature had signed Resolution 444-30, raising critical flaws in the Final Environmental Impact Statement. The resolution recognizes the recommendation that Tinian be considered as an alternative location for the firing ranges. The letter comes shortly before the Record of Decision is to be released on Monday.
Meeks urges Secretary Gates to personally look into the matter to ensure these sites are protected.