The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public input regarding a proposed Exotic Plant Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for Death Valley National Park.
The purpose of the proposed Exotic Plant Management Plan is to maintain the health of native plant communities and the park's unique ecosystems by preventing the spread of exotic invasive plants. While the Park has managed exotic plants since the 1970s, this will be the first comprehensive Exotic Plant Management Plan developed for Death Valley National Park. This plan will cover all park areas with the exception of the Saline Valley Warm Springs, which will be managed according to a separate, site-specific plan currently under development.
Public comments are being accepted for the proposed Exotic Plant Management Plan until November 16, 2012. Comments received will be used in development of the Environmental Assessment.Comments may be submitted online at the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/DEVA_Exotics or by email to DEVA_Planning@nps.gov. If you do not have internet access, you may direct comments regarding this project to the park in writing by mail or hand delivery to:
Death Valley National Park
Attn: Exotic Plant Management Comments
P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328
The proposed plan would consider incorporation of Integrated Pest Management techniques, which include removing invasive plants, preventing their spread and seed production, and promoting native plant competition.For more information contact Environmental Protection Specialist Mike Cipra at 760-786-3227.
Notice Regarding FOIA
It is the practice of the NPS to make all comments, including names and addresses of respondents who provide that information, available for public review following the conclusion of the environmental assessment process. Individuals may request that the NPS withhold their name and/or address from public disclosure. If you wish to do this, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. Commentators using the website can make such a request by checking the box "keep my contact information private."NPS will honor such requests to the extent allowable by law, but you should be aware that NPS may still be required to disclose your name and address pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. We will make all submissions from organizations, businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses available for public inspection in their entirety.
Did You Know?
The salt pan on the floor of Death Valley covers more than 200 square miles. It is 40 miles long and more than 5 miles wide.