The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo Field Office (BFO) announced earlier this month that chemical grasshopper treatments will continue through the end of July on approximately 34,000 acres of BLM lands in Johnson County.
The 34,000 acres is the entire project area, treatment areas will be significantly less acreage.
According to a media release from the BLM, the treatments are being coordinated between the BLM and Johnson County Weed and Pest Control District in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The treatments are designed to suppress grasshopper populations where they are predicted to occur at high numbers that could cause substantial ecological and/or economic damage. The chemical being used is non-toxic to mammals, birds, fish and bees.
For a map of potential BLM lands identified for treatment and for more information contact BFO Program Manager Janelle Gonzales at 684-1148 or High Plains District Office Resource Advisor George Soehn at (307) 261-7531.