BLM holds public scoping for public lands testing in west

News
Feb 1, 2013
by WLJ

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced opportunities for the public to share ideas on the potential utilization of three new vegetation treatments to be evaluated in the national programmatic Environmental Impact Study (EIS) to Evaluate the Use of New Herbicides on Public Lands in 17 Western States.

The public may submit comments for the EIS via fax to 206/623-3793, or email to VegEIS@blm.gov. The public comment period for the scoping process extends to March 9.

BLM is undertaking this EIS to augment the existing list of approved treatments to include herbicides that will grant greater flexibility to vegetation management in the field. In association

with the 2007 Vegetation Treatments EIS which provides a full review and analysis of herbicide use and impacts on human and natural environments, the proposed new herbicides programmatic EIS will evaluate only aminopyralid, fluroxypyr, and rimsulfuron as potentially viable treatments.

The treatments are designed to help BLM manage vegetation on more than 6 million acres of public land by providing options for controlling noxious weeds and other invasive species, and conserving and restoring native vegetation, watersheds, and fish and wildlife habitat. The EIS will cover a range of issues including the effects of the herbicides and its inert ingredients on human, vegetation, fish and wildlife, livestock, and wild horse and burro health; water quality, Native American Resources and resource use; and the cumulative use of these and other herbicides by BLM and other landowners in the western U.S.

The analysis area will include all surface estate public lands administered by BLM in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, North and South Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

BLM welcomes identification of additional issues and concerns by the public. To check the status of the EIS, or access associated documents and updates, visit blm.gov/3vkd. — WLJ

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