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Guam gets 450 acres back

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - 450 acres of excess federal land was returned to Guam today in the nation's capitol. The former Navy property was declared excess in 1996 with the passage of the Guam Excess Lands Act. The property returned includes the Historic Hila'an Village and the path to the lost pond area at South Finegayan.

The 450 acres are not part of the Navy's commitment to have a net negative footprint on Guam as part of the military build-up. Governor Eddie Calvo is in DC and signed the memorandum of agreement with the U.S. General Services Agency returning to land to the Government of Guam.

The signing occurred shortly before the start of the Interagency Group on Insular Areas meeting at the Department of the Interior. During that meeting Assistant Secretary of Insular Areas presented several grants to attendees including Guam. $229,000 was awarded for regional assistance development to fund the University of Guam's on the job training initiative and the maintenance of renewable energy equipment.

Also awarded - a grant of $43,000 to fund the Government of Guam's 2nd Annual Forensic Science Symposium. The conference will focus on development of regional workforce, technical laboratory enhancements and accreditation, and certification of laboratory professionals.

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