Availability of a Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Cogongrass Control Efforts in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina, 59735 [2020-20946]

Download as PDF 59735 Notices Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 185 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2019–0083] Availability of a Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Cogongrass Control Efforts in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: We are advising the public that we have prepared a final environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact relative to establishing an integrated management strategy to control cogongrass, a noxious weed, in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina. Based on our finding of no significant impact, we have determined that an environmental impact statement need not be prepared. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Anne LeBrun, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 26, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851–2259; email: anne.lebrun@ usda.gov. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) is an invasive, exotic perennial grass that is naturalized throughout the southeastern United States. Cogongrass grows in both natural and disturbed areas, including around homes, on public properties, paved and unpaved roadways, forestland, stream banks, and farmland. It spreads rapidly, reducing forest productivity, harming wildlife habitat and native ecosystems, encroaching in pasture and hayfields, and impacting rights-of-way. It usually grows in warm or tropical areas and is widely distributed on all continents except Antarctica. While it is unlikely that cogongrass can be eliminated from the southeastern VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:02 Sep 22, 2020 Jkt 250001 United States, active control and eradication of cogongrass along the edge of the naturalized distribution area is possible through an integrated management strategy employing preventative, cultural, mechanical, biological, and chemical methods. On March 2, 2020, we published in the Federal Register (85 FR 12250, Docket No. APHIS–2019–0083) a notice 1 in which we announced the availability, for public review and comment, of a draft programmatic environmental assessment (EA) that examined the potential environmental impacts associated with establishing an integrated management strategy to control cogongrass, a noxious weed, in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina. We solicited comments on the EA for 30 days ending April 1, 2020. We received 11 comments by that date. The comments addressed several topics of concern and were submitted by representatives of State forestry offices, forest landowner organizations, and the public. Comments and our responses to them are addressed in Appendix 1 of the final EA. In this document, we are advising the public of our finding of no significant impact (FONSI) regarding the establishment of an integrated management strategy to control cogongrass. The finding, which is based on the final EA, reflects our determination that the methods used as part of the integrated management strategy will not have a significant impact on the quality of the human environment. The final EA and FONSI may be viewed on the Regulations.gov website (see footnote 1). Copies of the final EA and FONSI are also available for public inspection at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Room 1620, South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC. Normal hours are between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Persons wishing to inspect copies are requested to call ahead on (202) 799–7039 to facilitate entry into the reading room. In addition, copies may be obtained by calling or writing to 1 To view the notice, supporting document, and the comments we received, go to http:// www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS2019-0083. 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or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings 
and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, 
delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency 
statements of organization and functions are examples of documents 
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Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 185 / Wednesday, September 23, 2020 / 
Notices

[[Page 59735]]



DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2019-0083]


Availability of a Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of 
No Significant Impact for Cogongrass Control Efforts in Alabama, 
Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: We are advising the public that we have prepared a final 
environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact relative 
to establishing an integrated management strategy to control 
cogongrass, a noxious weed, in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and South 
Carolina. Based on our finding of no significant impact, we have 
determined that an environmental impact statement need not be prepared.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Anne LeBrun, APHIS, 4700 River 
Road, Unit 26, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851-2259; email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) is an 
invasive, exotic perennial grass that is naturalized throughout the 
southeastern United States. Cogongrass grows in both natural and 
disturbed areas, including around homes, on public properties, paved 
and unpaved roadways, forestland, stream banks, and farmland. It 
spreads rapidly, reducing forest productivity, harming wildlife habitat 
and native ecosystems, encroaching in pasture and hayfields, and 
impacting rights-of-way. It usually grows in warm or tropical areas and 
is widely distributed on all continents except Antarctica.
    While it is unlikely that cogongrass can be eliminated from the 
southeastern United States, active control and eradication of 
cogongrass along the edge of the naturalized distribution area is 
possible through an integrated management strategy employing 
preventative, cultural, mechanical, biological, and chemical methods.
    On March 2, 2020, we published in the Federal Register (85 FR 
12250, Docket No. APHIS-2019-0083) a notice \1\ in which we announced 
the availability, for public review and comment, of a draft 
programmatic environmental assessment (EA) that examined the potential 
environmental impacts associated with establishing an integrated 
management strategy to control cogongrass, a noxious weed, in Alabama, 
Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina.
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    \1\ To view the notice, supporting document, and the comments we 
received, go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-
2019-0083.
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    We solicited comments on the EA for 30 days ending April 1, 2020. 
We received 11 comments by that date. The comments addressed several 
topics of concern and were submitted by representatives of State 
forestry offices, forest landowner organizations, and the public. 
Comments and our responses to them are addressed in Appendix 1 of the 
final EA.
    In this document, we are advising the public of our finding of no 
significant impact (FONSI) regarding the establishment of an integrated 
management strategy to control cogongrass. The finding, which is based 
on the final EA, reflects our determination that the methods used as 
part of the integrated management strategy will not have a significant 
impact on the quality of the human environment.
    The final EA and FONSI may be viewed on the Regulations.gov website 
(see footnote 1). Copies of the final EA and FONSI are also available 
for public inspection at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 
Room 1620, South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW, 
Washington, DC. Normal hours are between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except holidays. Persons wishing to inspect copies are 
requested to call ahead on (202) 799-7039 to facilitate entry into the 
reading room. In addition, copies may be obtained by calling or writing 
to the individual listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
    The final EA and FONSI have been prepared in accordance with: (1) 
The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended (42 
U.S.C. 4321 et seq.); (2) regulations of the Council on Environmental 
Quality for implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (40 CFR 
parts 1500-1508); (3) USDA regulations implementing NEPA (7 CFR part 
1b); and (4) the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's NEPA 
Implementing Procedures (7 CFR part 372).

    Done in Washington, DC, this day of September 16, 2020.
Mark Davidson,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
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