Black-Tailed Prairie Dog Management Plan\ Environmental Assessment
This environmental assessment evaluates three alternatives addressing the management of prairie dogs and standard operating procedures for disease management. Presented are a No-Action alternative, a Passive Management alternative, and an Adaptive Management alternative. The No-Action Alternative describes the continuation of current conditions if present management actions remain unchanged. The Passive Management alternative describes using passive relocation and barriers to redirect prairie dogs from the exclusion area to the allowable areas. The Adaptive Management alternative would integrate several methods, passive and active, providing managers with multiple options and the ability to adapt management efforts to accommodate for different situations.
This environmental assessment complies with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to provide the decision-making framework that: 1) analyzes a reasonable range of alternatives to meet objectives of the proposal; 2) evaluates potential issues and impacts to Devils Tower National Monument's resources and values; and 3) identifies mitigation measures to lessen the degree or extent of these impacts. Public scoping was conducted to assist with the development of this document.
The environmental assessment will be open August 1, 2013 for public review. Comments are due by August 30, 2013. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment-- including your personal identifying information-- may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
08/01/2013 - 08/30/2013