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Exotic Plant Management Team Training Held at Badlands

Members of the EPMT at training in Badlands National Park.
Members of the EPMT at training in Badlands National Park.
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News Release Date: May 27, 2010
Contact: Brian Kenner, 605-433-5260

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Interior, S.D. — Training for the Northern Great Plains Exotic Plant Management Team was held at Badlands National Park from May 17th through May 20th. The Northern Great Plains Team is one of 16 established by the National Park Service to provide effective and consistent invasive plant management for the National Park Service. The purpose of the training was to create a mobile and skilled team available to assist park personnel in their exotic plant management efforts. Approximately 30 participants from several national parks received training in herbicide application, equipment operation, record keeping and safety.





Did You Know?

Sandstone caprock balanced atop eroding sediments, an example of a toadstool or hoodoo

The badlands are some of the fastest eroding landscapes on earth with erosion rates averaging 1” per year in their fragile layers. However, in areas where sandstone is found, the erosion rate may be 1” in 500 years. Often, toadstools form when surrounding sediments erode beneath a sandstone caprock.