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Virgin River Arundo Eradication Environmental Assessment

Resource Category: 
Weed Management
Secondary Weeds
The proposed action includes the removal (hand cutting and herbicide treatment) of existing and potential arundo (Arundo donax) plants at 11sites (915 acres) located along the Virgin River in Washington County, Utah. The proposal also includes the removal (hand cutting and herbicide treatment) of existing Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia) and tamarisk (Tamarisk Species) trees at three sites (170 acres) near Rockville, Utah and Washington, Utah. Removal of these exotic invasive species would improve habitat conditions for woundfin (Plagopterus argentissimus, Federally Endangered), Virgin River chub (Gila seminuda, Federally Endangered), Southwestern Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus, Federally Endangered), Yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus occidintalis, Federal Candidate Species), several BLM Sensitive species and other wildlife species along the river.

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