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The Land Stewardship Integrated Science Team focuses on the potential for contaminant exposures in the environment that might originate from land management activities like wildfire and dust suppression, vector control (for example: mosquitos and rodents) and invasive species (Asian carp and nuisance plants). Perceived health risks to humans and other organisms will be distinguished from actual risks, if any. If actual risks are identified this project will inform how to economically and effectively minimize risk by providing scientific data and understandings about the management practice as well as related environmental transport, fate, and exposure pathways of contaminants and pathogens. Emphasis will be placed on addressing these issues on public and Department of Interior managed landscapes.
Managers of federal lands (national parks and monuments, wildlife refuges, wildlands, and others) at times need to utlize chemicals to respond to wild fires, wildlife disease, invasive species, and protection of visitors. Questions arise about the potential for unintended exposures and unforeseen health effects to non-target organisms such as humans, fish, and wildlife. The Land Stewardship Team addresses works to answer these questions and provides an understanding of mitigation strategies to to effectively minimize identified risks.
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