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October 11, 2007
For Immediate Release
Ron Terry 435 772-0160
Zion National Park Superintendent Jock Whitworth announces the completion of the Post-Fire Aerial Application of Herbicide Environmental Assessment (EA) and the signing of the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) by the National Park Service Intermountain Regional Director.
The park will begin the aerial application of herbicide on the area burned in the Dakota Hill Complex Fire after October 21, 2007. The project is expected to last up to 3 weeks – depending on weather. The aerial application of herbicide on up to 3,161 acres within the park is intended to interrupt the grass-fire cycle that is perpetuated by cheatgrass, a non-native, highly flammable grass. Because of the remote and rough terrain in the burn area, helicopter application of the herbicide will be used. If conditions allow (weather and plant growth) portions of the area burned in the 2006 Kolob fire will also be sprayed during this time.
Be aware that during the project portions of the backcountry will be closed to visitor use. Closures will affect routes and trails accessed from the West Rim Trail. Check at the visitor center or the park website www.nps.gov/zion for the most current information.
For more information on this project please contact Kelly Fuhrmann, Zion Fire Ecologist, at (435) 772-0193 or e-mail us. To obtain a copy of the FONSI, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/zion.