WY BLM to Treat 34,000 Acres for Grasshoppers


The following is a press release from Wyoming BLM:

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo Field Office (BFO) announced that chemical grasshopper control treatments on approximately 34,000 acres of BLM lands (entire project area, treatment acres will be significantly less) within Johnson County will begin and continue through the month of July.

These efforts are being coordinated with the Johnson County Weed and Pest Control District in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Plant Health and Inspection Service (APHIS).  These treatments are designed to suppress grasshopper populations where they are predicted to occur at high numbers that could cause substantial ecological and /or economic damage.  The chemical being used is non-toxic to mammals, birds, fish, and bees.

For a map of the potential BLM lands identified for treatment and for more information contact BFO Program Manager Janelle Gonzales at (307) 684-1148 or High Plains District Office Resource Advisor George Soehn at (307) 261-7531.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

Source:  Wyoming BLM

Posted by Haylie Shipp


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