Use of Handheld Tools and Heavy Equipment

Nonbreeding season project activity in habitat where presence has been confirmed or is presumed will be limited to the use of handheld tools, including handheld motorized implements such as chain saws and power augers, to the extent practicable. Tools will be washed prior to use in these habitats, to reduce the potential for spread of nonnative and invasive plant species and their seeds. No heavy equipment will be allowed in suitable nesting habitats without the presence of a Qualified Biologist. If handheld motorized tools and/or heavy equipment are used, operators will employ GPMs as appropriate, such as GPM-10, WQHM-1, and WQHM-4 to avoid and minimize soil and water contamination from fuel and lubricants.