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Contact: Craig Young, (417) 732-6438 ext. 281
WEST BRANCH, IOWA- The National Park Service made available a draft Invasive Plant Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for public review. The plan addresses issues associated with vegetation management within the boundaries of 15 national parks in the Midwest, including Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, Iowa. Particular attention was placed on eradication, control, and containment of invasive plants. The public is encouraged to review the plan and offer comments on the Planning, Environment and Public Comment website, http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=31771 by March 14, 2013. Comments may also be mailed to:
c/o Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
6424 West Farm Road 182
Republic, MO 65738
Three alternatives suggest differing strategies for exotic plant management. Scoping and early consultation provided a number of issues and concerns to be considered in an EA. Craig Young, the Invasive Plant Management Team coordinator said, "Our Interdisciplinary Team, consisting of park managers and National Park Service subject matter experts, analyzed the potential for impacts on park resources and the human environment and drafted an Environmental Assessment detailing the impacts of management action."
As part of the process, the National Park Service wants to ensure that it has considered all the concerns held by members of the public.