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Mitch Crosby, Road Commissioner
Steve Jacques, Deputy Road Commissioner
202 W. 4th Street
Alturas, CA 96101
530-233-6412


PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Tulelake Airport - Frequently Asked Questions

For Immediate Release

Date: October 14, 2015
Contact:  Mitch Crosby
Phone:  (530) 233-6412
Email:  mitchcrosby@co.modoc.ca.us

Tulelake Airport Stakeholder Meetings

ALTURAS, CA:  Modoc County in consultation with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service -Tule Lake Unit of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, announces a collaborative effort to address aviation development and historic preservation concerns at the Tulelake Municipal Airport, Newell, California.  

Stakeholder groups interested in the Tulelake Municipal Airport have expressed a variety of concerns related to aviation safety, environmental protection, historic preservation, and local interests at the Tulelake Municipal Airport.  Before establishment of the Tulelake Municipal Airport in 1951, the airport property was part of the World War II era Tule Lake Segregation Center.  A portion of the former Tule Lake Segregation Center located approximately 1,000 feet outside the airport property was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006 and a National Monument in 2008. 

In particular, some stakeholder groups have expressed concern that construction of an airport fence to control access to the aircraft operations area could adversely affect historic resources and limit public access to areas of historical interest.  Other stakeholder groups have expressed concern a fence is necessary for aviation safety.  Modoc County has obtained the assistance of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution to address these concerns.  The Institute is an independent federal agency specializing in collaborative problem-solving and conflict resolution, and will serve as a neutral, third party facilitator of a collaborative problem-solving effort.  

The Institute will be contacting stakeholders concerned about these airport issues including airport users, local organizations, and historic preservation organizations to identify if these organizations would like to participate in a collaborative problem-solving effort regarding these issues.  The Institute will conduct confidential stakeholder interviews to identify concerns related to potential aviation projects on the Tulelake Municipal Airport.  The Institute will then develop a Neutral Situation Assessment report of the issues at the airport based on interviews with the various stakeholders.  Based on this information, the Institute will then work with Modoc County, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Park Service, and other stakeholder groups in a collaborative effort aimed at resolving concerns regarding potential projects at the airport.  Should any potential airport projects be identified for possible implementation during the collaborative problem-solving process, the general public will have the opportunity to review and comment on those projects during local and federal environmental evaluations.  


For Immediate Release
Date: February 16, 2016
Contact: Mitch Crosby
Phone: (530) 233-6412
Email: mitchcrosby@co.modoc.ca.us

Opportunity for Public Comments and Questions
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Update: Tulelake Airport Stakeholder Meetings

ALTURAS, CA: Modoc County is continuing its collaborative effort to address aviation development and historic preservation concerns at the Tulelake Municipal Airport in Newell, California . It invites the public to be involved by sharing comments and concerns regarding the airport. As part of Modoc County’s public involvement effort, a public meeting was held at the airport on January 25th to provide the local community the opportunity to ask questions and provide their input.

As Modoc County continues through this process, a series of stakeholder meetings will be facilitated by the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, an independent federal agency specializing in collaborative problem-solving and conflict resolution. The Institute recently completed confidential stakeholder interviews to identify concerns related to potential aviation projects on the airport and is in the process of developing a Neutral Situation Assessment report of the issues at the airport based on interviews with the various stakeholders. Based on this information, the Institute will then work with Modoc County, the Federal Aviation Administration, and other stakeholder groups in a collaborative effort aimed at resolving concerns regarding potential projects at the airport. The Institute-led process is aimed at engaging a small number of stakeholders (representatives from each group) to come to agreement about how they can work together to meet each of their needs in a mutually beneficial way. The group is limited to a size where people can hear each other and trust can be built. The stakeholder group does not make decisions for Modoc County or the FAA and all comments regarding airport development and historic preservation will be taken into consideration by Modoc County in the decisions it makes regarding the airport.

If and when any potential airport projects are identified for possible implementation during the Institute-led collaborative problem-solving process, the public will have the opportunity to review and comment on those projects during state and federal environmental evaluations, including Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Modoc County welcomes all public comments and any questions regarding the stakeholder meeting process.

For Immediate Release
Date: March 17, 2016
Contact: Mitch Crosby
Phone: (530) 233-6412
Email: mitchcrosby@co.modoc.ca.us

Situation Assessment Summary Report
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Update: Tulelake Airport Stakeholder Meetings

ALTURAS, CA: As part of the ongoing collaborative effort to address aviation development and historic preservation concerns at the Tulelake Municipal Airport, the previously identified stakeholder groups involved in the process participated in a meeting facilitated by the Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution on February 24th. The purpose of the meeting was to share the results of the Situation Assessment interviews and to determine details of the stakeholder engagement process.

The Situation Assessment Summary Report provides a summary of the perspectives shared by interviewees during the situation assessment interviews conducted by the Institute earlier this year. 
The confidential interviews of stakeholder representatives were conducted to help clarify the various interests and concerns as well as explore ideas for creative solutions. The report identifies the situation from all perspectives and sets the foundation to begin discussions regarding top prioritized issues and possible solutions. The report also includes the Institute’s recommendations for a stakeholder engagement process that increases the likelihood of the parties working together successfully to resolve common conflicts and develop a collaborative partnership to accomplish mutually beneficial goals. A copy of the report is available upon request using the email address or phone number above.

Moving forward with the process, the next stakeholder meeting, which is comprised of those that were interviewed for the situation assessment, will be scheduled at a location near the Tulelake/Newell area to allow all stakeholder participants the opportunity to tour the Tulelake Airport and National Monument properties. Additionally, stakeholder groups will continue to gather pertinent information including maps, photos, reports, documentation of historic resources, and establish a clarification of terminology to ensure clear and accurate communication between the stakeholder meeting participants.

If you have information or documentation that may be of interest to the stakeholder group, don’t hesitate to share with Modoc County or any other organization involved in the stakeholder engagement process.
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