Rear Admiral Shoshanna Chatfield has officially denied the governor's request for a pause on firing range construction.

The Maga'haga has asked for a pause until genetic research on the rare serianthes nelsonii tree is completed in December.

Chatfield says in her July 3 response to the governor that the military has done its part to protect the tree by distancing the machine gun range "sufficiently away" from the tree.

Chatfield further writes that the tree's survival is a testament to "military stewardship that the population of this species which used to be distributed on Guam has only been able to survive on a military installation." 

Meanwhile, Prutehi Litekyan has called for action in response to the Admiral's letter. The group will be protesting the decision Wednesday afternoon at Chief Kepuha loop at 5:30 p.m.