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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Wyoming State Office
 
Release Date: 04/12/10
Contacts: Cindy Wertz 307-775-6014    

Grasshopper Environmental Assessment Now Available


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wyoming State Office announced that an Environmental Assessment (EA) on proposed grasshopper and Mormon cricket treatments is now available for review.

Comments on the EA will be accepted until April 26, 2010.

Based on surveys of the grasshopper outbreak in 2009, an estimated 6.7 percent, 1.2 million acres of the 18 million acres of BLM-administered lands in Wyoming, are currently threatened by a predicted infestation of grasshoppers. Such an infestation would result in substantial loss of vegetation and ground cover that is vital to providing food and habitat to wildlife and livestock populations and maintaining properly functioning ecosystems. Treatments are proposed to suppress grasshopper popluations where they occur in high numbers that could cause substantial ecological and economic damage.

Please submit written comments by April 23, 2010. Comments may be mailed to the BLM at P.O. Box 1828, Cheyenne, WY 82003. Please include “Grasshopper Control EA Comments” in the subject line. Comments may also be emailed to GrasshopperEA_WY@blm.gov. The EA will be posted at: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/ghopper.html.

For more information, contact Weed and Pest Coordinator Ken Henke at 307-775-6041.



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 manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 04-13-2010