Military training routes are special aerial corridors where military aircraft can fly below 10,000 ft at speeds much faster than other aircraft. These routes, which are particularly common in the South Atlantic, are critical resources for training and readiness. Conversion of land under these routes to non-compatible uses, such as urban development and its associated light pollution, threaten the quality of these routes for training. Some highly impacted sections are already being avoided due to a high density of non-compatible uses.

Although the route locations are supposed to be publicly available, getting ahold of the actual GIS files is not always easy. I’ve been using the route locations a bunch lately to help folks using the Conservation Blueprint and wanted to make the layers more broadly available. These data on military training routes can help you identify where your conservation actions, whether they are private land incentives, acquisition, or other ways of keeping the land dark, can also help contribute to national security.

Visit the South Atlantic Conservation Planning Atlas (CPA) to access the data for the entire United States.