Bureau of Land Management Seeks Public Input on Proposed Invasive Plant Management Environmental Assessment

Roseburg, Ore. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Roseburg District has begun preparation of a programmatic environmental assessment (EA) for the management of non-native invasive and noxious weeds. The BLM is asking the public to share any concerns or specific information they may have about the proposed action.

The proposed action builds upon the current invasive plant management program and would allow herbicide use on all non-native invasive plant species, not limited to noxious weeds, as well as the use of additional herbicides. Currently, some non-native invasive plants have no effective control methods available for use on the Roseburg District. In addition, more selective herbicides are now available to the BLM to treat a wider variety of invasive plant species which can be used in lower quantities and which pose less environmental and human health-safety risk than the herbicides currently in use. Along with herbicides, treatment methods that would be analyzed under this EA include manual methods (pulling and grubbing), mechanical methods (weed whackers and mowers), prescribed fire, solarization, seeding, biological control, and prescribed grazing using livestock.

Further information on the programmatic EA, including a scoping letter containing information on the proposed action and instructions for submitting written comments are available on the BLM National NEPA Register (ePlanning) website at: https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2014083/510. (NEPA Document # DOIBLM-ORWA-R000-2021-0004-EA).

Members of the public may submit comments via email to: BLM_OR_Invasive_Plant_EA_Comments@blm.gov. Please specify the project name in the subject line of your email. Written comments may also be submitted to Justy Grinter, Project Manager; Bureau of Land Management; 777 NW Garden Valley Blvd.; Roseburg OR, 97471.

To assure written comments are fully considered during project development and analysis, please submit by 4:30 PM Pacific Time on July 28, 2021.

Additionally, a virtual public meeting with a question and answer session will be conducted on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM Pacific Time.

Details on how to join this online meeting are available below and will be available on the ePlanning website.

Topic: Proposed Invasive Plant Management Environmental Assessment Public Scoping Meeting
Time: Jul 14, 2021 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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For further information, contact Susan Parker, Roseburg District, Bureau of Land Management, 777 NW Garden Valley Blvd., Roseburg, OR 97471, or at sparker@blm.gov.

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 

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Roseburg District Office

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Cheyne Rossbach