Dededo resident Tom Alger expresses his concerns on the military’s plans to build a live-fire training range that may affect the Guam National Wildlife Refuge – Ritidian Unit.
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Military buildup director still confident in relocation projects

Prutehi Litekyan: Save Ritidian on Tuesday will hold a peaceful protest to reaffirm its opposition against the military’s live-fire training range complex.

The $78 million project, slated to be at Northwest Field in Andersen Air Force Base, near Ritidian, is part of the relocation of 5,000 Marines from Okinawa to Guam, which is expected to start around 2025.

The relocation projects are designed to enhance defense efforts and restructure U.S. armed forces in the Asia-Pacific region. However, the military buildup has been contested by members of the public since it was first announced more than a decade ago.

Prutehi Litekyan resists the construction of the firing range complex, stating it will cause destruction to some of Guam’s most historic sites. The impacted lands hold artifacts scattered across ancient villages in the north, and serve as habitats for native species, including Guam’s only adult Serianthes nelsonii, or hayun lågu. The military was mandated by the Department of Defense to create conservation and mitigation plans to protect these species and properties.

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