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Public comment period extended on vegetation treatments proposal for federal lands administered by BLM

On Monday, the United States Bureau of Land Management announced the federal agency's intent to extend the public comment period on the proposed methods for treating and controlling vegetation on public lands. The federal agency will accept public input in connection with the proposal until Feb. 10.

The BLM conducted public meetings to accept input on the federal agency's vegetation treatment proposal from Nov. 28 to Dec. 13, 2005.

The BLM is extending the public comment period to ensure that all interested parties have an opportunity to express personal viewpoints and voice concerns about the proposal, explained the federal officials.

The public comment period had originally been slated to close on Jan. 9.

Carbon County residents may submit comments on the BLM's extensive environmental analysis of proposed vegetation treatments.

The proposed treatments are aimed at controlling the spread of noxious and invasive plants on BLM managed lands in Utah and the western United States, noted the federal agency.

The recommended treatments are also designed to reduce the amount of highly flammable forest and rangeland fuels on public lands administered by the BLM.

Examples include stands of pinyon and juniper trees or dead and down woody materials.

The BLM's environmental analysis consists of two vegetation related reports released on Nov. 19, 2004.

The draft vegetation treatments using herbicides on BLM lands in 17 western states programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) addresses the federal agency's use of herbicides.

The BLM's programmatic environmental report (PER) describes the impacts of using non-herbicide treatment methods, including fire and mechanical, manual, or biological controls.

Carbon County residents with Internet access may review the documents and associated materials by visiting the federal agency's website at www.blm.gov.





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