The Bureau of Land Management BLM has issued the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Final PEIS) approving the use of three new herbicides for vegetation management that are of low risk to the environment and human health. The decision is to add aminopyralid (Milestone), fluroxypyr (Vista), and rimsulfuron (Matrix) to the BLM’s list of approved active ingredients for use on public lands, increasing the list from 18 to 21. The additional active ingredients provide the BLM with a more effective set of tools to address wildfire protection and habitat restoration, and to reduce the threat of noxious weeds, invasive species, and hazardous fuels on public lands. The ROD identifies best management practices, standard operating procedures, and mitigation measures for all vegetation treatment projects involving the use of herbicides.
The Final PEIS includes pertinent information from the biological assessment regarding potential effects to plant and animal species listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act, or proposed for listing, and their critical habitats. The National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service both agree that the three additional active ingredients are not likely to adversely affect listed species or critical habitat.
Comment responses and resultant changes in the impact analysis are documented in the Final PEIS. The Federal Register Notice of Availability of the ROD, a copy of the ROD, and the Final PEIS are accessible at http://blm.gov/3vkd. If you have any questions, please contact Gina Ramos at 202-912-7226.