The Salish Kootenai College Extension Program (SKCE) has completed a programmatic Environmental Assessment (EA) that evaluates the effects of performing upcoming research projects involving various combinations of chemical, biological, mechanical and cultural methods to develop management controls and restoration strategies for invasive annual grasses. The EA covers new research projects over a 10-year period from 2019 to 2029 that will have a research plan detailing site- specific descriptions and research activities. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), in cooperation with the SKCE, has reviewed the proposed research activities that will be conducted on various grassland ecosystems of the Flathead Indian Reservation over a 10-year period from 2019 to 2020.

The EA for the proposed research activities and seeding trials has been completed in accordance with the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Regulations for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (40 CFR Parts 1500–1508) and is available for review at the SKCE on the campus of Salish Kootenai College and Tribal Lands Department at the Tribal Complex in Pablo. 

The BIA Flathead Agency has determined that Alternative B, the proposed action, would not have significant impacts on the human environment. Therefore, there is no need to prepare an environmental impact statement.  The no-action alternative was not selected because it did not meet project objectives.

Individuals and entities that may be significantly affected or interested in the proposed action may provide comments about this FONSI and the accompanying EA to this office until October 25, 2019. This opportunity to comment is not a right to appeal this FONSI or EA.  Any challenge to the adequacy of this FONSI or EA must be made, if at all, in an appeal of the decision which relies upon this FONSI and EA.

The planning file for the EA, including scoping documents and background materials, can be reviewed at the Salish Kootenai College Extension, 58138 Highway 93, Pablo, Montana. For further information, contact Virgil Dupuis at 406-275-4899.



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