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Yellowstone Developing Comprehensive Invasive Plant Management Plan

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Date: March 31, 2011
Contact: Al Nash or Dan Hottle, 307-344-2015

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
     
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2011             11-020      
Al Nash or Dan Hottle (307) 344-2015

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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Yellowstone Developing Comprehensive Invasive Plant Management Plan


It is a struggle everyone who has ever tended a nice lawn or residential flower or vegetable garden can relate to: the effort to keep weeds under control.

Now imagine trying to do the same in an area larger than some smaller eastern states.  

Even Yellowstone National Park isn’t immune to the challenges of invasive plants. For decades, the park has been trying to prevent the spread of plants that don’t belong in the park, such as spotted knapweed, houndstongue, and orange hawkweed.  

Now, Yellowstone is beginning the process of pulling all its ongoing efforts together into one comprehensive plan for a war on weeds.

The first step in preparing this plan and Environmental Assessment is to ask the public to help identify issues that the park staff should consider. This process, known as public scoping, is now open and runs through April 30, 2011.  

A variety of approaches to integrated plant management may be considered in the plan, including prevention techniques, a wide range of treatment methods, and restoration efforts. It is expected to address the potential impacts on things like native plants, geology and soils, wildlife, and the experience visitors have in Yellowstone.

Park staff members will analyze the scoping comments and spend the summer writing the Environmental Assessment, which is expected to be released for public review and comment in the fall. A final decision and plan is expected to be completed sometime during Winter 2011/2012.

Additional details on the proposal and an electronic form to submit comments on the internet can be found at the National Park Service’s Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/yell, or by writing to Invasive Plants Management Plan, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190.

Written comments may be submitted through the PEPC website, in person, or by mail. Comments will not be accepted over the phone, by fax, or e-mail. All public comments must be received or postmarked by midnight MDT, April 30, 2011.

- www.nps.gov/yell -


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Yellowstone Wolf.

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