Feb. 20, 2009
Contact: David Boyd, BLM, (970) 947-2832
  

BLM seeks public comment on weed management plan

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on an Environmental Assessment and Weed Management Plan detailing an integrated approach to weed management within the 568,000-acre Glenwood Springs Field Office.

The Field Office has seen an increase in infestations of noxious and invasive weeds during the past several years. More than 30 state-listed noxious weeds are found within the Field Office boundaries. These infestations reduce the quality and quantity of wildlife habitat and livestock forage, as well as increase the potential for soil erosion and adverse impacts on water quality.     

Managers are currently using a variety of techniques to control these infestations, including manual, chemical and biological controls. Currently, this is conducted on a reactive, project-driven basis that often requires a separate environmental analysis. This new integrated plan will allow for early detection and rapid response to new weed infestations as well as a more proactive, coordinated weed management program for the Field Office.

“Completing this plan and environmental assessment will allow us to respond more quickly with the most appropriate approach to dealing with these infestations,” said Acting BLM Glenwood Springs Field Manager Steve Bennett. “Quick action is often the key to eradicating or containing weed infestations.”

The Integrated Weed Management Plan outlines a broad framework that allows resource managers to select appropriate actions to eradicate, significantly reduce, contain, or prevent new infestations of noxious and invasive weed species.  The plan would provide a way to use and evaluate a range of possible actions, including prevention, education, coordination, inventory, revegetation, and monitoring, as well as manual, chemical, and biological treatments.

The preliminary EA analyzing this Integrated Weed Management Plan is available at the Glenwood Springs Field Office, 50629 Highway 6 and 24, or on-line at: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/gsfo.html 

Comments will be most helpful if received by March 25. Written comments and questions should be directed to the Glenwood Springs Field Office, 50629 Highway 6 and 24, Glenwood Springs, CO  81601. Electronic comments may be submitted to gsfomail@co.blm.gov.


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