Governor to visit live-fire training range with acting SHPO
The maga'haga will be making her second trip to the live-fire training range next week - and this time she'll be with acting State Historic Preservation Officer Patrick Lujan.
Lujan told KUAM News the governor has expressed concern about ancestral sites at the marine cantonment and the live-fire training range. The military has cleared several sites at Magua and the firing range as part of the data recovery process laid out in the programmatic agreement.
"When we're dealing with sensitive issues like this we as government officials we have to do our part to make sure that things are being done properly," he said.
In a June 24 letter to NAVFAC Marianas, the Historic Preservation Office cited concerns with mitigation efforts at ancient sites unearthed at Magua.
The intervals of shovel test pits, inadequate buffer zones and having an archeologist present during searches for the unexploded ordnance at Magua and the firing range.
The site visit comes after Admiral Shoshanna Chatfield rejected the governor's call for a pause on firing range construction activities around the hayan lagu, a critically endangered tree.
We asked Lujan what he thought of the admiral's denial of a pause.
"I can't give you my personal opinion on that, all I can say from an official position is to do the due diligence as a government official and that I promise you that we're doing and that goes through mitigation, that goes through consultation with the client - in this case the department of defense and that we would do if it was a private contractor or private landowner," he said.
Lujan toured the firing range yesterday with state archeologist John Mark Joseph. He will tour the sites with the governor on July 18.