Develop Vegetation Management Plan for Timpanogos Cave National Monument
The National Park Service is preparing to write a Vegetation Management Plan for Timpanogos Cave National Monument. This plan will be accompanied by an Environmental Assessment to evaluate the potential impacts of this action.
Timpanogos Cave National Monument (TICA) handles several different aspects of vegetation management within its boundary, including native plant cultivation and restoration, exotic weed eradication, pesticide and pheromone use, hazard tree removal, and clearing of brush for fire management or other purposes. To date, there has not been a comprehensive plan to guide these actions.
The Vegetation Management Plan will establish guidelines that provide long term management strategies and set resource condition goals for the park's botanical resources. These management strategies will work to protect natural resources and enhance visitor enjoyment of those resources.
The document will describe desired future conditions, and define best practices in order to reach the established desired future conditions.
Vegetation Management Planning is needed at Timpanogos Cave NM in order to:
· Prescribe strategies for vegetation management based on different use zones within the park.
· Provide guidance for the use of chemicals treatments such as herbicide and MCH pheromone.
· Identify impacts of climate change upon park vegetation (e.g. altering species diversity, increasing abundance of exotic plants, etc.) and prescribe appropriate response strategies.
· Describe current conditions and define desired future conditions for vegetation within the park.
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