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Vegetation Management Plan

The National Park Service (NPS) is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for a park-wide vegetation management plan. The EA is needed in order to evaluate potential impacts to the natural and cultural environment from proposed project activities, including the management of exotic/invasive plant species in the park. The NPS is soliciting comments from the public to help identify issues associated with a vegetation management plan and develop alternative resource protection approaches that will be evaluated in the EA.

The purpose of this planning effort is to develop a park-wide vegetation management plan to direct efforts to preserve and restore native plant communities. National Park service's Management Policies (2006) require the Service to maintain as part of the natural ecosystems of the parks all plants and animals native to park ecosystems.

The proposed plan is needed to achieve the following:
• Preserve, protect, and restore the natural abundance, diversity, and distribution of native plant populations
• Minimize/mitigate the effects of human activities on native plant populations and the communities and ecosystems in which they occur.
• Establish decision-making tools and protocols that will guide treatment plan development for vegetation management activities.

The NPS has identified preliminary issues related to the development of a vegetation management plan that will be analyzed through the EA process. Issues and/or alternatives identified through public scoping will also be addressed in the EA.
Comment Period: Closed        01/07/2009 - 02/15/2009
Topic Questions Instructions:
Your responses to the following questions will guide the park in the planning process. Although they are not required, if you choose to answer a topic question(s), please number your responses accordingly. Please send your comments by February 15, 2009. Thank you again for your interest in Bryce Canyon National Park.
Topic Questions:
1. What issues would you like to see addressed in the EA?

What alternatives or strategies would you like to see addressed in the EA?

Do you have additional information, concerns, or other comments about the proposed project?
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