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Environmental Assessement for Exotic Plant Management Plan

William K. Dickinson, Superintendent of Lake Mead National Recreation Area (NRA), has announced the release of an environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed implementation of an Exotic Plant Management Plan. The goal of the Plan is to protect and maintain native plant communities by preventing and removing exotic plants using an integrated approach that maximizes the effectiveness of the action while minimizing undesirable impacts.

The EA analyzes the impacts associated with implementing the plan as well as the impacts of the no-action alternative. The analysis found similar impacts of both alternatives, although the proposed action has greater long-term benefits due to increased effectiveness and efficiency gained through a programmatic approach to exotic plant management. Furthermore, the proposed action includes specific best management practices, standard operating procedures, and other administrative tools which serve to minimize risks to the environment and people while improving the effectiveness of the treatment or management action.
 
Comment Period: Closed        11/29/2010 - 01/14/2011
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