An online petition opposing construction of a fence around the Tulelake Municipal Airport in Newell launched by the San Francisco-based Tule Lake Committee seeks to halt the project. More than 17,000 people have signed the petition, which is at change.org/pet.
Modoc County’s efforts to build a new fence around the Tulelake Municipal Airport is an ongoing process.
Ian Gregor, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said Modoc County is preparing an environmental assessment for FAA review and approval. EAs are required under the National Environmental Policy Act.
“The public will have an opportunity to review and comment on the EA before the FAA makes a decision on the project,” Gregor said in an email. “The FAA also is consulting with the California State Historical Preservation Office in accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act. The FAA has invited the Tule Lake Committee, National Park Service, Japanese-American Citizens League and the National Parks Conservation Association to participate in that process as additional consulting parties.”
The Tulelake Municipal Airport has an unusual ownership history.
The property that makes up the Tulelake airport was formerly a portion of the Tule Lake Segregation Center, one of 10 centers nationwide where Japanese-Americans were held during World War II. Most buildings and structures associated with the center were removed in 1946, when the center closed.
The airport, which is actually near the unincorporated community of Newell in Modoc County (Tulelake is in Siskiyou County), was conveyed to the city of Tulelake Aug. 6, 1951, for airport purposes. The airport has been operated by Modoc County since 1974 under a long-term agreement with Tulelake. Since 1966, Macy’s Flying Service has used the airport for agricultural services.
Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013 11:45 pm
Proposals to build a fence around the Tulelake Airport are stirring opposition from Japanese-American groups and individuals who question its necessity and note it would run through the center of the World War II era Tule Lake Segregation Center.
“The proposed fence will desecrate the physical and spiritual aspects of Tule Lake,” says a petition from the San Francisco-based Tule Lake Committee, the group that sponsors the Tule Lake Pilgrimage in the Klamath Basin every other year. “This massive fence will prevent Japanese-Americans who, while attempting to mourn their own past, will instead be assaulted with the reminder of rejection, exclusion and emotional pain.”
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