U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228
Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge Complex39650 Sand Lake Drive
Columbia, SD 57433
605-885-6320 Ext 12
For Immediate Release on:
Date: February 2, 2011
Contact: Tom Koerner, Deputy Project Leader
605-885-6320 Ext. 12
Draft Environmental Assessment Addressing Use of
Glyphosate-Tolerant Soybeans and Corn on National Wildlife Refuge System Lands
Is Available for Public Review
Comments Accepted From February 2nd through March 4th, 2011
In accordance with the NWRS Policy regarding compatible refuge uses, a Draft Compatibility Determination Review for the same use is also included and is available for review and comment.
Glyphosate-tolerant (“Roundup Ready”) corn and soybeans have been genetically modified through insertion of a gene which allows the plant to tolerate applications of glyphosate. When applied to nearly all other species of growing plants, glyphosate kills the plant. The use of glyphosate tolerant crops allows for the effective control and elimination of noxious weeds and other undesirable plants prior to the area being reseeded to native grasses and wildflowers.
An electronic copy of the Draft EA and Draft Compatibility Determination Review may be downloaded from the following website: www.fws.gov/sandlake/gm. If you do not have access to the internet, a copy may be obtained by writing to: Tom Koerner c/o Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 39650 Sand Lake Drive, Columbia SD 57433, or by email at email@example.com.
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