Notice of Availability of Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement and Environmental Report for Vegetation Treatments on Public Lands Administered by the Bureau of Land Management in the Western United States, Including Alaska
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hereby gives notice that the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement and Final Environmental Report on vegetation treatments involving the use of chemical herbicides and other methods on the public lands administered by 11 BLM State offices in 17 western States, including Alaska, is available for public review and comment. The BLM is the lead Federal agency for the preparation of this Final Programmatic EIS in compliance with the requirements of NEPA. If it is approved, the BLM would: 1. Approve the use of four new herbicide formulations on public lands. 2. Decide which of 20 currently approved herbicides will continue to be used on public lands. 3. Decide on a protocol to follow that adds new EPA-registered chemical formulations to the BLM list of approved herbicides. 4. Identify which best management practices should be used with all applications of herbicide and other types of vegetation treatment methods (mechanical, fire, biological, etc).