Proposed control methods would be based on integrated pest management principles and methods known to be effective for each target species. Control methods include biological control, such as pathogens and insects; chemical control using herbicides that target invasive plant species; and manual and mechanical techniques, such as cutting and pulling. Control methods would be employed alone or in combination to achieve the most effective control. Treatment methods would be based on the extent, location, type, and character of an infestation and would be implemented using design criteria. A maximum of 20,000 acres would be proposed for treatment annually; 2,000 acres each for biocontrol and manual/mechanical treatment and 16,000 for chemical treatment.
Five alternatives were considered. The No Action alternative describes the consequences of no invasive plant treatments. Four action alternatives include the Current Management Alternative which identifies the use of biological controls; ground-based herbicide treatment; and mechanical/manual treatment methods; the Proposed Action (which is also the Preferred Alternative), which would utilize biological controls; aerial, aquatic, and ground-based herbicide treatment; and mechanical/manual treatment methods; the No Aerial Herbicide Application Alternative; and the No Aquatic Herbicide Application Alternative.
The Draft EIS is available for review at the Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District, Challis ID and the Public Lands Center Salmon, ID and on the internet by using the Integrated Weed Managment Link or by accessing the Forest’s Homepage athttp://www.fs.usda.gov/scnf/ and using the “Quick Link” in the upper left corner. Additional information can be obtained from Jennifer Purvine, (208) 879-4162 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The proposed project is subject to 36 CFR 218, Subparts A and B. Only individuals or organizations who submit timely and specific written comments (as defined in 36 CFR 218.2) regarding the proposed project during a public comment period established by the responsible official are eligible to file an objection. Opportunity for public comment on a draft EIS includes request for comments during scoping, the 40 CFR 1506.10 comment period, or other public involvement opportunities where written comments are requested by the responsible official (36 CFR 218.5(a)).
How to Comment and Timeframe: The Environmental Protection Agency published a Notice of Availability (NOA) for the DEIS on the Federal Register on February 13, 2015. Written, facsimile, and electronic comments concerning this action will be accepted for 45 days following that date. The publication date of the NOA in the Federal Register is the exclusive means for calculating the comment period for the proposed action documented in a DEIS. Those wishing to comment should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by another source.
Written comments must be submitted to: Jennifer Purvine, HC 63 Box 1669, Challis ID, 83226 (postal) or (208)879-4199 (facsimile). For those submitting hand-delivered comments, the office business hours for Challis are 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, excluding holidays. Office business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, excluding holidays, for the Public Lands Center in Salmon. Electronic comments must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), and Word (.doc or .docx) to email@example.com. Please type “Invasive Plant Treatment DEIS” in the subject line for email messages and facsimiles. Additionally for facsimiles, include your mailing address and phone number.
Comments submitted by individuals or organizations must have the evidence of timely submission as defined by 36 CFR 218.25(a)(4), and meet the following requirements outlined in 36 CFR 218.25(a)(3): name and postal address (email address recommended, but not required); title of the proposed project or activity; and specific written comments as defined in 36 CFR 218.2 regarding the proposed project of activity, along with supporting reasons.
Provide a signature or other verification of identity upon request and identification of the individual or entity that authored the comments. For comments listing multiple entities or individuals, a signature or other means of verification must be provided for the individual authorized to represent each entity and for each individual, in the case of multiple names. A scanned signature or other means of verifying the identity of the individual or entity representative may be used for electronically submitted comments.
Individual members of an entity must submit their own comments to establish personal eligibility; comments received on behalf of an entity are considered as those of the entity only.
Please provide your comments as early as possible to help facilitate finalization of the Final EIS!