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Non-Native Plant Control Work to Occur at Cape Cod National Seashore June 13 - 17

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Date: June 8, 2011
Contact: Stephen Smith, Plant Ecologist, 508-487-3262 ext. 0508

Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent George Price announced that the National Park Service Northeast Exotic Plant Management Team (EPMT) will working in the Pamet Bog area (Truro) from June 13 to 17 to assist in the control of non-native plants.

The Pamet Bog is a significant ecological and cultural resource within the park," Price said. "Over the past decade or so, a non-native invasive plant (Phragmites australis (common reed) has been expanding within the wetland, choking out native aquatic species.Control of non-native plants in the national seashore is important to protect natural ecosystems."

The team, which is based at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, travels around the Northeast region assisting parks with exotic vegetation problems. This is the fifth year that the team has come to the seashore to eradicate exotic plants that are altering the normal structure and functioning of the ecosystem or impacting cultural resources.

The EPMT will conduct spot applications of the herbicide called "Habitat" (Imazapyr).Team members are experienced, licensed professionals who take extreme care in applying herbicides so that only the target foliage is coated.Use of this herbicide has been approved through the NPS Integrated Pest Management program.

For more information, contact Stephen Smith at Cape Cod National Seashore: 508-487-3262, ext. 0508.

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