Forest Service Seeks Comment on Use of Herbicide

Release Date: Feb 7, 2018  

CENTRAL OREGON- The Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests are seeking comments on a proposal to add the herbicide aminopyralid to the list of available herbicides on the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland.

 

Aminopyralid is more effective than the herbicides currently in use for many invasive plants found on the Forest and Grassland including knapweeds and thistles. While aminopyralid poses a lower risk to people, fish and wildlife than some of the currently authorized herbicides, site-specific analysis of the use would still be completed in a project-by-project basis prior to use of aminopyralid on the Forest or Grassland.

 

The public has 30 days to comment on the addition of aminopyralid as an approved herbicide to be used on National Forest managed lands. For the Deschutes National Forest, comments may be submitted online through the Forest Service online comment system available at comments-pacificnorthwest-deschutes@fs.fed.us or mailed or delivered to Susan Skakel, Aminopyralid Amendment, 63096 Deschutes Market Road, Bend, OR 97701. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. excluding holidays. If you have specific comments regarding the project itself, please contact Sarah Callaghan, Invasive Plant Program Manager by phone at 541-416-6588 or by email at sacallaghan@fs.fed.us.

 

In 2005, the Land and Resource Management Plans (Forest Plans) for the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland were updated to include the approval for the use of ten herbicide active ingredients. This proposed amendment to the Forest Plans would add herbicide aminopyralid to the list of available herbicides on the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland.