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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 8, 2011                   
               
Contact:
Nate Caswell, 618-997-6869 x12
Chuck Traxler, 612-713-5313         

 

Public Comment Period Open: Environmental Assessment for Control of Invasive Non-native Plants in Wetlands in the Lake Erie Watershed in Ohio


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in coordination with The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife, is seeking comments from the public on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for proposed management actions for invasive non-native plants in wetlands in the Lake Erie watershed in Ohio.  The draft EA evaluates the proposed action and alternative actions including no action as required under the National Environmental Policy Act.

Under the proposed action, The ODNR would use $792,000 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to collaborate with a broad spectrum of public and private partners and landowners, to conduct aerial and land-based herbicide application on approximately 2,000 acres of wetlands across more than 25 sites within the Lake Erie watershed.  Follow-up actions like spot treatments with herbicide are proposed for 2012.

Sites for the proposed invasive plant control actions include:

  • Magee Marsh Wildlife Area (WA), Ottawa (Benton & Carrol Townships) and Lucas (Jerusalem Township) Counties
  • Mallard Club WA, Lucas County, Jerusalem Township
  • Metzger Marsh WA, Ottawa County, Jerusalem Township
  • Resthaven WA, Erie and Sandusky Counties, Margaretta & Townsend Townships respectively
  • Killdeer Plains WA, Wyandot County (Marseilles & Pitt Townships) and Marion County (Salt Rock & Grand Townships)
  • Lake LaSuAn WA, Williams County, Bridgewater & Northwest Townships
  • Pickerel Creek WA, Sandusky County, Riley & Townsend Townships
  • Willow Point WA, Erie County (Margaretta Township) & Sandusky County (Townsend Township)
  • Tiffin River WA, Fulton County, Franklin Township
  • Mosquito Creek WA, Trumbull County, Bloomfield, Green, & Mecca Townships
  • Toussaint WA, Ottawa County, Carroll Township
  • Little Portage WA, Ottawa County, Bay Township
  • Pipe Creek WA, Erie County, Perkins Township
  • St. Joseph River WA, Williams County, Superior Township
  • Fish Creek WA, Williams County, St. Joseph Township
  • Oxbow Lake WA, Defiance County, Washington & Tiffin Townships
  • Old Woman Creek NERR/WA, Erie County, Berlin Township
  • Dorset WA, Ashtabula County, Dorset Township
  • New Lyme WA, Ashtabula County, New Lyme Township
  • Orwell WA, Ashtabula County,  Orwell Township
  • Hambden Orchard WA, Geauga County, Hambden Township
  • Mosquito Creek WA, Trumbull County, Bloomfield Township
  • LaDue WA, Geauga (Auburn & Troy Townships) and Portage (Mantua & Hiram Townships) Counties
  • Auburn Marsh, Geauga County, Auburn Township Grand River WA, Trumbull County, Mesopotamia, Farmington, Bloomfield, & Bristol Townships


Funding was awarded to the ODNR by the USFWS through the President’s 2010 Budget, which provided $475 million for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency –led, interagency Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. For more information on the USFWS’s GLRI activities, please visit www.fws.gov/GLRI .

Print copies of the draft EA may be obtained from The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife, 2045 Morse Rd, G-3, Columbus, Ohio 43229, by calling 614-265-6346, or by emailing john.navarro@dnr.state.oh.us.

Written comments on the EA may be submitted to Nate Caswell, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Carterville Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, 9053 Rt 148, Suite A, Marion, IL 62959 during the 30-day public review period from March 8 to April 8, 2011.

For more information on the Midwest Region Fisheries Program visit: www.fws.gov/midwest/fisheries.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

Draft Environmental Assessment
Material Safety Data Sheet for Habitat Herbicide (pdf)
Material Safety Data Sheet for Rodeo Herbicide (pdf)
 
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Last updated: November 4, 2013