The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Wildlife Services (WS) program would like to invite you to participate in the development of an Environmental Assessment (EA) addressing damage and threats caused by beaver and muskrats in North Dakota. The need for action identifies damage to agricultural resources, property, natural resources, and threats to human safety associated with beaver and muskrats in the State. WS identified a number of issues and concerns through the scoping process for the EA and through consultation with state and federal agencies. WS used those issues to develop alternative approaches to address the need for action. The EA analyzes potential environmental effects of conducting alternative strategies to reduce damage associated with beaver and muskrats. WS is seeking review and comments on the EA from interested parties as part of the scoping process to identify additional concerns, issues, and alternatives.
Interested parties may obtain a copy of the EA by clicking here or by sending a written request to USDA/APHIS/WS, 2110 Miriam Circle, Suite A, Bismarck, North Dakota 58501. WS requests that you submit comments on the EA electronically by clicking here or by sending the comments to the address listed. Please include your name and mailing address in the comments. To receive full consideration, WS must receive all comments by the end of the day on Dec.2, 2016. All comments received, including the names and addresses of those people who comment, will be part of the public record and will be released for public review as required and allowed by law.