The Bighorn National Forest has changed plans for treating invasive species in response to objectionsThe objections were primarily concerned with what the impacts would be on native plant species in an effort to treat invasive ones. Others expressed concern about applying herbicide aerially. In response, the forest has amended their plans to remove two native plant species initially slated for treatment from the project's final decision. Once approved, the new plan will be in effect by the summer of 2023 when treatments will get underway throughout the forest.
There are plans to spray herbicide aerially in the future, which has drawn both support and criticism. Herbicides, prescribed fire, and other methods are used each year to manage invasive species and sagebrush.