Wisconsin Bird Damage Management NEPA
Public Input Sought on Draft Environmental Assessment
for Bird Damage Management in Wisconsin
The United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services (WS) in cooperation with the Interior Department's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are seeking public comments on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) which addresses means by which bird damage may be reduced in Wisconsin.
The EA analyzes the environmental impacts of three alternatives for reducing bird damage to agriculture, natural resources, and property, and bird-related risks to human health and safety on private and public lands in Wisconsin.
The Preferred Alternative is also the No Action Alternative which is to continue the current WS bird damage management program. The current program uses an Integrated Wildlife Damage Management strategy, encompassing the use of practical and effective methods for preventing or reducing damage while minimizing harmful effects of damage management measures on humans, target and non-target species, and the environment. WS would provide technical assistance and operational damage management, including non-lethal and lethal management techniques. In determining the damage management strategy, preference would be given to practical and effective non-lethal methods. However, non-lethal methods may not always be applied as a first response to each damage problem. The most appropriate response could often be a combination of non-lethal and lethal methods, or could include instances where application of lethal method s alone would be the most appropriate strategy, particularly if human health and safety are compromised (i.e., aircraft/bird strike threats).
The draft EA is available below and hard copies may be obtained by writing to: USDA-APHIS-WS, 732 Lois Drive, Sun Prairie, WI 53590; by calling (608) 837-2727; or by faxing (608) 837-6754. Comments must be received in writing by November 23, 2004 to be considered before the final decision and can be submitted to the address above or faxed to the number above. (When faxing a comment, a copy should also be mailed to ensure that a complete version of the text is received.)