Who is the Air Force Real Property Management Division?

The Real Property Management Division serves as the leading provider of full-spectrum real property portfolio management and transactional services to Air Force. They facilitate the Right of Entry and Easements for landowners who are associated with the GBSD program.

What is a Right of Entry?

A Right of Entry gives the right to a person or company to enter onto another's real property without committing trespass.

What does a Right of Entry do?

The nature of a Right of Entry is to grant the temporary right to enter land for a specific purpose without having any real property or interest in it, for example, to start the environmental process before securing a lease or easement.

Why do we need a Right of Entry?

A Right of Entry is needed to access potential project areas to collect environmental and cultural information that will assist the Air Force with the analyses presented in the GBSD environmental impact statement. This information would also be used to complete analyses to meet the Air Force's obligations under the Clean Water Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and Endangered Species Act.

Will My Property Be Damaged?

The Air Force will make every effort to minimize impacts to private property and will repair any damage caused by this work. However, the Air Force does not anticipate that any damage will occur because the work will not include any heavy equipment. Crews will hand dig shallow 18-inch excavations to analyze soil and subsurface resources. Crews will access property on foot or use all-terrain vehicles (i.e., gators and four-wheel drive) to gain access to locations. Vehicles will only use existing roads.

What Do the Cultural Resource Surveys Involve?

The survey team will walk the premises and conduct visual observations to identify cultural resources. Any identified resources will be recorded using hand-held computer tablets, notes, forms, drawings, photographs, and GPS coordinates. Pin flags might be used to mark identified resources during recording but will be removed before leaving the study area. No artifacts will be removed from the property. In certain circumstances, to identify the boundaries of an identified cultural resource, a small hand-dug subsurface trowel or shovel probe might be required. These areas will not exceed six pits, 20 inches diameter by 20 inches deep, per identified resource. If probes are necessary, all excavated soil will be placed back into the pits before leaving the study area.

What Do the Biological Surveys Involve?

Biologists will conduct surveys to classify the types of vegetation and wildlife habitats present along the proposed route and surrounding areas. Biologists also will survey for threatened, endangered, and other sensitive species according to protocols established by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. These include surveys to determine the presence of specific species or their habitats, for example Preble’s meadow jumping mouse, Ute-ladies’ tresses, Dakota skipper, northern long eared bat, and swift fox. Because different species require specific survey protocols, work could occur throughout the day and could require multiple entries.

Biologists will also conduct surveys to classify and map the boundaries of wetlands present along the proposed route. Crews will work in small teams and all work will be conducted on foot. To evaluate soil conditions, wetland survey crews will hand dig 12-18 inches deep test pits where the soil will be investigated for signs of hydric soils.