Environmental Assessment of Invasive Weed Control
AIR FORCE FLYING TRAINING WING (14TH) COLUMBUS AFB MS
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Columbus Air Force Base proposes to conh ol kudzu Pueraria thunbergiana and privet Ligustrum sinense, both invasive non-native species, in 18 different areas over a 2-3 year time period Appendix B. The areas are located along roadways, edges of forested areas, and in openings and fields where full sunlight reaches the ground. Controlling these aggressive species is needed to prevent further displacement of native vegetation, and to protect and improve habitat that could potentially support rare species Integrated Natural Resource Management Plan INRMP for Columbus Air Force Base, 2001. Additionally, the fruit of privet attracts bird species, which are a hazard to aircraft. The proposed project would meet several goals and objectives for the control of non-native invasive species in the Integrated Natural Resource Management Plan 2001. These goals include protecting rare, threatened, and endangered species that may occur on Air Force lands, and potential habitat that may be critical to their survival Section 8.2.2, Goal 2, Objective 2.7 managing the grounds to optimize protection of existing ecosystems Section 8.2.6, Goal 6, Objectives 6.7 and 6.9 and establishing an integrated pest management program to prevent or control pests Section 8.2.7, Goal 7, Objective 7. 1.
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