The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) receives technical advice and financial
assistance as part of a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Forest Service, State and Private
Forestry. Some stipulations of this agreement include that MDA follow certain federal and Forest
Service policies. Among these is the requirement to follow National Environment Policy Act
(NEPA) procedures. Some specific NEPA procedures are:
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The Maryland Cooperative Gypsy Moth Suppression Program utilizes cost share funding from
two sources: The U.S. Forest Service, State and Private Forestry; and participating jurisdictions
and agencies. It is the Policy of the Department to conduct gypsy moth suppression services on
State land utilizing State and federal funds but not local funds. The cost share funding
contribution from the local political jurisdiction is essential to having sufficient funds for the
conduct of gypsy moth suppression services on private lands. Therefore, services will not be
rendered in those jurisdictions where some sort of local cost share arrangement is not in place
(See FPM No. 6, "County cost share options and guidelines for participation by municipalities,
forestry boards and certain other groups"). The Maryland Department of Agriculture does not
require or mandate that the local jurisdictions, municipality or forestry board participate in the
Cooperative Gypsy Moth Suppression Program.
MDA will cooperate with Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in treatment site
selection and program implementation on State lands.
Use established site selection or site qualifying criteria (See FPM No. 1).
Use established system and criteria for determining priority of sites (See FPM No. 1).
Insecticide of choice, i.e., B.t. or Dimilin, for each site will be determined according to MDA
policies dated November, 1989 (See FPM No. 2 and FPM No. 3).
Objection by individual property owner will be handled according to MDA policy dated
November, 1989 (See FPM No. 4).
Community-based request for alternative insecticide will be handled according to MDA policy
dated November, 1988 (See FPM No. 5).
a. Make any necessary changes in the maximum number of acres to be included in the
suppression/containment program conducted in each of the five regions of the state in response to
changes in infestation levels.
b. Treatment site selection and priority for site selection will be determined by staff on regional
basis instead of on statewide basis in response to local population trends and regional
c. Will allow program to address local needs or specific needs of each region, i.e., rural areas
utilize different (lower) priority levels for site selection than urban areas.
d. Where feasible and affordable, additional acreages may be selected and treated in a particular
county by prior agreement. If State funds are limited, the county must be willing to pay also the
equivalent of the "state" share of the costs.
a. MDA provides technical advice, assistance (as feasible), and information to such cooperators
and interested parties.
b. MDA encourages local control programs to use integrated pest management process for
dealing with gypsy moth at selected population levels.
c. MDA will coordinate the State Cooperative Suppression activities with local programs to
duplication and conflict and enhance the combined effectiveness of both programs.
a. MDA will take a proactive approach to making information available through a variety of
sources and media, including issuance of newspaper articles, press releases, videos, newsletters,
reports, pamphlets, class room instruction, teacher training, and speakers roster.
b. MDA will have a primary contact at Annapolis to coordinate public information activities and
to answer questions of the public.
c. MDA, or MDA in cooperation with the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension
will make available leaflets or pamphlets regarding the gypsy moth and how the public can deal
d. MDA will use a variety of media and approaches to keep citizens appraised of current gypsy
moth population level trends and predictions in their area to help citizens make responsible pest
e. MDA will make available to the public in each county lists of commercial pest control firms
licensed by the Department to provide services relating to gypsy moth.
f. MDA will make directly available to community or neighborhood associations articles or
leaflets and group training regarding what an individual or a community [not in a suppression
treatment site] can do to recognize/manage gypsy moth.
g. MDA will make available personnel to conduct talks or informational meetings to community,
neighborhood or other private groups who request it on an as-available first come basis.
h. MDA will continue to conduct intensive and extensive notification of proposed program
activities in affected areas. Every effort is made to identify landowners within proposed treatment
areas and notify them directly by mail providing written information about the insecticide and
aerial application procedures. Included is an accurate map of the proposed treatment area and a
toll free number to find out when application is about to start at specific sites.
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401