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BLM asking for input on herbicide policy changes

Dec 26, 2012 - From staff reports

The Bureau of Land Management 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 to Evaluate the Use of New Herbicides on Public Lands in 17 Western States."

The public may submit comments via fax to (206)-623-3793, via e-mail at VegEIS@blm.gov, or by attending one of the three public meetings. The Wyoming public meeting will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 7 in Worland at the Community Center Complex, 1200 Culbertson Ave.

The 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 the proposed new herbicides programmatic EIS will evaluate only aminopyralid, fluroxypyr, and rimsulfuron as potentially viable treatments.

The treatments are designed to help the 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.

To check the status of the EIS, or access associated documents and updates, visit http://blm.gov/3vkd.

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