U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
April 30, 2009
In Reply Refer To:
4790 (220) P
EMS TRANSMISSION 05/07/2009
Instruction Memorandum No. 2009-116
To: All State Directors
From: Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning
Subject: Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Addressing the
Management of Grasshoppers and Mormon Crickets BLM (#WO-220-2009-06)
Program Area: Grasshopper and Mormon Cricket Control Program
Purpose: The purpose of this instruction memorandum (IM) is to give direction regarding the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between the BLM and the APHIS that provides guidelines regarding the management of grasshoppers and Mormon crickets on lands under BLM stewardship.
Policy/Action: Consistent with the MOU the following policies/actions apply to the suppression of grasshoppers and Mormon crickets on BLM administered lands.
Critical components include:
Background: Grasshoppers and Mormon crickets (GH&MC) periodically damage cultivated crops and range plants throughout much of the West. These destructive outbreaks occur on rangelands of all ownership including public lands administered by the BLM. The BLM is responsible for the protection and management of lands placed under its stewardship, yet the management of GH&MC is under the authority of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).
As a result of a cooperative effort between APHIS and the BLM, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed in February (Attachment 1).
Budget Impact: The effect on the budget will be reduced cost as a result of working under the guidelines presented in this MOU.
Manuals Affected: No Manual or Handbook sections are affected.
Coordination: This document was coordinated with representatives of the WO 220 division
and GH&MC program representatives in the State offices.
Contact: Questions regarding this memorandum should be directed to Gina Ramos, Senior Weed Specialist at (202) 452-5084.
Signed by: Authenticated by:
Dwight Fielder Robert M. Williams
Acting, Assistant Director Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Renewable Resources and Planning
1 - Attachment