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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Wyoming State Office
 
Release Date: 03/12/10
Contacts: Cindy Wertz 307-775-6014    

BLM Requests Public Input on Grasshopper and Mormon Cricket Suppression


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wyoming State Office is requesting public input on a proposal to suppress grasshoppers and Mormon crickets on BLM-administered lands in Wyoming.

Comments on the proposal will be accepted until March 26, 2010. After the public comment period ends an Environmental Assessment will be prepared analyzing the effects of the proposed treatment.

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.

Please submit written comments by March 26, 2010. Comments may be mailed to the BLM at P.O. Box 1828, Cheyenne, WY 82003. Please include “Grasshopper Control Scoping Comments” in the subject line. Comments may also be emailed to GrasshopperEA_WY@blm.gov. The scoping notice, maps, and all other future documents related to this action including 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 land - 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
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Last updated: 03-12-2010