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Media Release

25th Infantry Division (Light) & U.S. Army, Hawaii


Public Affairs Office

For Immediate Release


Release number: 2003-09-08
Sept. 15, 2003

Army agrees to formal consultation

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS – The Army is in receipt of the notice of intent to sue from

Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund.

“We agree that we have the legal requirement to formally consult with U.S. Fish and

Wildlife Services, and had already planned to initiate formal consultation,” said Col. David L.

Anderson, commander, U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii. “We are currently finalizing an internal

evaluation regarding the fire, and will initiate formal consultation once this effort is complete.”

It is important that the Army conducts formal consultation to assess the fire and potential

impacts to natural resources, so soldiers can train in Makua Valley prior to deployment to

Afghanistan next year, said Anderson.

The Army remains committed to ensuring our soldiers remain trained and ready while

being good neighbors in our local communities and good stewards of the land, according to

Anderson.

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