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Invasive Plant Management Plan and EA/AEF

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The National Park Service has completed development of a new management plan for controlling invasive nonnative plants throughout Mesa Verde National Park and Yucca House National Monument in southwestern Colorado. Currently the park and monument have known populations of dozens of nonnative plants, many of which are highly aggressive competitors with native species. Their continued spread puts at risk the ecological and historical integrity of park landscapes.

The purpose of the plan is to enhance the current strategy at the park and monument for preventing and managing invasive plant occurrences in order to protect natural communities, ecological processes, cultural resources, visitor enjoyment, and other park values. The plan focuses on two broad goals: 1) Detecting and preventing the establishment of new invasive plant species or occurrences and 2) Controlling new and existing priority occurrences of invasive plants.

Development of the plan incorporated suggestions received from several private, interagency and tribal partners. Management alternatives in the plan incorporate an integrated pest management approach and consist of a variety of methods including mechanical, chemical, biological, manual and cultural control techniques.

The environmental assessment (EA) was prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to provide a decision-making framework that analyzes a reasonable range of alternatives to meet project objectives, evaluate potential issues and impacts to park resources and values, and identify mitigation measures to reduce the degree or extent of these impacts.

Public participation is an essential component of the planning process. The National Park Service encourages your review and input on the plan and environmental assessment. If you would like to share your insights with the planning team, please click on the "Open for Comment" title found under the PROJECT LINKS column on the left side of this page. Comments must be received by April 5, 2015 in order to be considered during finalization of the plan.

Before including your address, phone number, email 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 the National Park Service in your comment to withhold this information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Cliff Spencer
Superintendent