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October 5, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Forest Service considers using more herbicides on invasive plants

By Kimberly Cauvel / Skagit Valley Herald

With a 10-fold increase in invasive plant sites over the last 10 years, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest land managers propose updating the invasive plant management program to increase its effectiveness, possibly with the use of more herbicides.

The U.S. Forest Service is accepting comment on a draft environmental impact statement for an invasive plant management plan.

The document was released Thursday and will be open for comment through Nov. 17.

The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie Invasive Plant Management Draft Environmental Impact Statement includes three alternatives for invasive plant treatment over the next five to 15 years.

The proposed action would allow land managers to use a wider variety of herbicides and provides an updated “Early Detection and Rapid Response” process.

The report  includes an analysis of how the proposed treatments can affect human health, botanical resources, wildlife, soil, water, fisheries, recreation and cultural resources, the Forest Service said in a news release.

The risk to people and the environment is minimal, but the public would be notified online and with notices posted on-site of any herbicide use.

The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie Forest spans from Whatcom to King counties.

The report is available online at http://seati.ms/1uNAdwm.

Send comments to Jennifer Eberlien, Forest Invasive Plant Management Project, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, by mail to 2930 Wetmore Ave., Suite 3A, Everett, WA 98201; by fax to 425-783-0141 or 360-436-1309; or by email to commentspacificnorthwest-mtbakersnoqualmie@fs.fed.us.

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