Military Base Expansion North of Joshua Tree Park to be Studied
9/18/2008The federal government is evaluating more than 400,000 acres of public and private land -- including a major off-road vehicle recreation area -- for an expansion of the Marine Corps training center at Twentynine Palms.
Marine Corps officials said they need more territory for weapons testing and live-ammunition exercises for 3,000 or more troops.
The U.S. Navy has identified 424,000 acres of public, private and state land for possible addition to the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. The acreage is roughly two-thirds the size of the existing training center in San Bernardino County.
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