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US Navy Bombing Range Expansion Could Limit Public Access


RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists are leading opposition to a proposal to triple the size of a U.S. military bombing range and training grounds in northern Nevada in a move that could gobble up more than 900 square miles of public land across five counties.

The Navy wants to add more than 100 square miles of private land to the Fallon Range Training Complex, about 60 miles east of Reno.

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Navy officials say the additional space is needed to safely provide more realistic training using faster, more advanced aircraft and weaponry.

But critics say it could have ramifications for hunters, ATV riders, backcountry explorers and wildlife, all of which could face access restrictions.

Public meetings are scheduled throughout the month.