Oregon Vegetation Treatments EIS Documents

Single plant of diffused knapweed.(photographer: Jerry Asher)

Diffused knapweed.
(photographer: Jerry Asher)

The Bureau of Land Management has released a Record of Decision (ROD) that, pending site-specific analysis, expands herbicide use beyond noxious weed treatments to include: the treatment of all invasive plants; the control of pests and diseases; the control of native vegetation to achieve habitat goals specified in interagency conservation Strategies for Federally-listed and other Special Status species.

Documents released to the public under this effort include:

Record of Decision (ROD)

On October 1, 2010, the Bureau of Land Management released the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Vegetation Treatments using Herbicides on BLM Lands in Oregon Environmental Impact Statement. There is a 30-day appeal period before the decision can take effect. The decision may be appealed to the Interior Board of Land Appeal (IBLA). Appeals must be mailed to the Oregon/Washington BLM State Director, P.O. Box 2965, Portland, Oregon 97208-2965, and be postmarked by November 1, 2010. A copy of the appeal, statement of reasons, and all other supporting documents must also be sent to the Regional Solicitor, Pacific Northwest Region, U.S. Department of the Interior, 805 SW Broadway #600, Portland, Oregon 97205-3346.

Final EIS

In July 2010, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the Vegetation Treatments Using Herbicides on BLM Lands in Oregon Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Final EIS analyzed a proposal to increase the number of herbicides available to the nine BLM districts in Oregon for use in their existing noxious weed, invasive plant, and other vegetation management programs.

Draft EIS

The 60-day public comment period for the Draft EIS began on October 2, 2009 and closed on December 1, 2009.