U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Fairbanks District Office
|Release Date: 11/01/12|
|News Release No. FDO-110112|
BLM Seeks Public Comments on Strategies for Controlling Invasive Plants along the Dalton Highway
FAIRBANKS, Alaska —The Bureau of Land Management’s Central Yukon Field Office is seeking public comments on a draft environmental assessment (EA) analyzing the potential impacts of invasive plant management strategies along the Dalton Highway. The document is available through November 30, 2012, for a 30-day public comment period.
The draft Dalton Management Area Invasive Plant Management Strategic Plan analyzed by this EA covers BLM-managed public lands along the Dalton Highway between the Yukon River Bridge and Galbraith Lake. Past efforts by volunteer crews of plant-pullers and trimmers focused on removal of white sweetclover, oxeye daisy, yellow toadflax, bird vetch, and common tansy. Some of these control methods have proven inadequate—particularly with dense, continuous infestations—and evidence suggests that some of the invasive plant species may move away from the highway into natural, undisturbed areas.
The draft plan includes alternative strategies for invasive plant control, including use of herbicides, when pulling and digging are insufficient. The draft plan also includes public education, monitoring and an Early Detection Rapid Response program.
It is important to control the introduction and spread of invasive plants because some species can out-compete native vegetation and may affect natural ecosystem processes and functions, in some cases altering soil conditions and nutrients.
After analyzing comments on the draft EA, the agency will decide whether to implement the proposed action or alternatives.
More information about the plan and EA can be found online at www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/fo/fdo/central_yukon_field/dalton_invasives.html or by calling Jennifer McMillan at (907) 474-2308. Comments may be submitted by mail to BLM Central Yukon Field Office, 1150 University Avenue, Fairbanks, AK 99709, or by email to CentralYukon@blm.gov.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of Americas public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.
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|Last updated: 11-07-2012|
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