About this Collection
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
14000 West State Route 2
Oak Harbor, OH 43449
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2023
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 419-898-0014
public comment period open for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service environmental assessment for aerial herbicide application at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, and Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Complex
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public review and comments regarding a draft environmental assessment for continuing aerial herbicide application at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, and Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The refuges have historically implemented aerial herbicide application as part of integrated pest management efforts.
The primary need for aerial herbicide application is to reduce and control dense populations of invasive and undesirable plant species, to set back succession in areas where prescribed fire or ground application of herbicides is not practical or cannot be conducted on a frequent basis, and to maintain refuge facilities and infrastructure, thus fulfilling the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System, as outlined by the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act (NWRSAA), as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act (16 U.S.C. 668dd et seq.) “... to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management and, where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.” The draft environmental assessment reviews two alternative approaches for herbicide application on the refuges: the preferred alternative of taking no action and continuing current management efforts that include aerial herbicide application and ending all aerial herbicide application on the refuges but using other invasive species invasive species
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You are invited to review and comment on the draft Environmental Assessment document. The documents are available starting May 23, 2023 and comments are being accepted until June 12, 2023. Documents are available on the refuge website: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/ottawa. You can contact the refuge at 419-898-0014 or email@example.com to request documents in alternative formats.
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