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Air Force training may endanger species


A proposed plan by the Air Force to operate training missions in two state forests is causing some concern.

The Air Force wants to use Blackwater State Forest in Santa Rosa County and Tate's Hell in Franklin County. Both are home to dozens of species on the endangered or threatened list.

The state signed a memorandum of understanding earlier this year. That is an agreement to "look" at the opportunity and further discuss it.  But environmentalists believe approval is moving too fast with no public input.    

"There are ways to do this compatibility and this is just a matter of accountability and transparency and making sure that the public interest is protected."
 
A state board is set to discuss the plan to allow training at Blackwater State Forest on December 12th.