Use of Handheld Tools

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 chainsaws and power augers, unless these methods are not conducive to implementation in this manner, in which case other methods will be proposed in the ESA Section 7(a)(2) Review Form. Tools will be washed prior to use in these habitats, to reduce the potential for spread of nonnative plant species and their seeds. If handheld motorized tools are used, operators will employ GPMs to avoid and minimize soil and water contamination from fuel and lubricants.