Interested parties are hereby notified that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) and DOT Section 4(f) Evaluation and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the following improvements at the Friedman Memorial Airport, located near Hailey, Idaho. These actions are collectively referred to as the Proposed Action:
- Acquisition of 64.6 acres of property at the southern end of Runway 31.
- Removal of up to 200 trees (including obstruction lights currently placed in the trees) on the south end of the runway. Once the obstructions have been removed, the FAA would amend the departure procedure for Runway 13 to remove the takeoff notes related to those obstructions.
- Extending the Airport perimeter fence to provide fencing for the full length of the Runway Object Free Area (ROFA) at the southern end of Runway 31.
The EA and DOT Section 4(f) Evaluation have been prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The purpose of the EA, DOT Section 4(f) Evaluation, and FONSI is to assess the effects on the human and natural environment associated with the Proposed Action. The EA evaluated two alternatives: No Action Alternative and Proposed Action Alternative.
The FONSI is the FAA’s finding that the Proposed Action will not have a significant effect on the human and natural environment associated with the land acquisition and proposed improvements.
The FONSI and Final EA and DOT Section 4(f) Evaluation are available for a 30-day informational public review at the following locations:
Friedman Memorial Airport
1616 Airport Circle
Hailey, ID 83333
Federal Aviation Administration
Helena Airports District Office
2725 Skyway Drive, Suite 2
Helena, MT 59602
1st Publication: May 29, 2019
2nd Publication: June 5, 2019