Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Public comment sought on weeds plan for parks

Plan will guide invasive weed control efforts in 10 Northern Rockies parks


By JASON KAUFFMAN
Express Staff Writer

Officials with the 750,000-acre Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve are seeking public comment on a draft invasive-plant management plan.

The plan isn't specific to Craters of the Moon, but will apply to 10 units of the national park system in the Northern Rocky Mountains region.

"We'd like to know how you think we should manage invasive plans within the parks," said Doug Neighbor, superintendent at Craters of the Moon.

Neighbor said the National Park Service is soliciting input to determine issues important for inclusion in an environmental impact analysis that will consider the potential impacts of the plan.

Other parks included in the plan are Montana's Big Hole National Battlefield, Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Bear Paw Battlefield Site, Idaho's City of Rocks National Reserve, Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, Minidoka Internment National Monument, Wyoming's Fossil Butte National Monument and Utah's Golden Spike National Historic Site.

The Park Service is asking the public to submit comments by March 15. They can be mailed to Superintendent Doug Neighbor, Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, Box 29, Arco, ID 83213.

The plan can be viewed online at parkplanning.nps.gov/gosp. Click on "Northern Rocky Mountain Invasive Plant Management Plan/Environmental Compliance" to view the plan.




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