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    Lake Mead

    National Recreation Area AZ,NV

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  • Areas of Park Impacted by Storm Damage

    Strong storms rolled through Lake Mead National Recreation Area Aug. 3-4, causing damage to some areas of the park. Crews are working to restore the below locations. Debris may be present in other areas of the park, as well, especially in the backcountry. More »

  • Goldstrike Canyon, Arizona Hot Spring Trails Temporarily Closed

    A temporary emergency closure is in place for Goldstrike Canyon and Arizona Hot Spring trails within Lake Mead National Recreation Area, beginning Aug. 1. This closure includes National Park Service and Bureau of Reclamation lands. More »

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Lake Mead Exotic Plant Management Team

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Exotic invasive plants are a widespread problem that almost everyone is familiar with. The weeds in your backyard that you pull every weekend are an example. Within the National Park System alone, there are over 2.6 million acres infested with these non-native, invasive plants. They cause numerous problems. They destroy cultural and historical sites, increase fire hazards, deplete natural resources such as water, and they crowd out native vegetation.

Exotic Plant Management Team

In 2000, spurred by the Congressional Natural Resource Challenge, the National Park Service acted on a national level in response to the growing invasive plant problem and created the first Exotic Plant Management Teams (EPMTs). Today there are 16 teams that are deployed across the entire country including Hawaii, Alaska & the US Virgin Islands.

For more information on the Exotic Plant Management Teams and invasive plants go to - www.nature.nps.gov/biology/invasivespecies/

The Lake Mead EPMT served as a model for the development of the nationwide EPMT program from 1996 to 2000. Permanent NPS funding was secured for the team in 2002. The team has leveraged this funding by creating partnerships with several federal, state and local partners. After all, these plants know no boundaries. The EPMT has also partnered with the United States Geological Survey to conduct weed control studies to improve effectiveness.

Due to its numerous years in operation and effective control methods, the Lake Mead NRA EPMT is widely regarded as one of the best invasive weed control groups in the region. Because of this, the team is often solicited by other federal land management agencies, local governments and other entities.

Lake Mead's Top Invasive Species

Salt Cedar
Russian Olive
Russian Knapweed
Perennial Pepperweed
Fountaingrass

Palm Tree (Yes, Palm Trees are not native)
Malta Starthistle
Athel
Arundo
Camelthorn


NPS Areas Covered

Arches NP, Utah
Bryce NP, Utah
Canyon de Chelly NM, Arizona
Canyonlands NP, Utah
Capitol Reef NP, Utah
Cedar Breaks NM, Utah
Death Valley NP, California
Great Basin NP, Nevada
Hovenweep NM, Utah

Joshua Tree NP, California
Lake Mead NRA, Nevada/Arizona
Manzanar NHS, California
Mojave NPres, California
Natural Bridges NM, Utah
Parashant NM, Arizona
Pipe Spring NM, Arizona
Timpanogos Cave NM, Utah
Zion NP, Utah


Bureau of Land Management

Las Vegas District
Needles District

Fish and Wildlife Service

Ash Meadows NWR
Bill Williams NWR
Desert NWR
Havasu NWR
Moapa NWR

Forest Service

Humbolt-Toiyabe NF

Local Partners

City of Henderson
Clark County, NV
Southern NV Interagency Restoration Team
Southern Nevada Water Authority

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Salt Cedar removal. The first photo was taken before the teams started clearing the area. The second was taken after the control treatment was completed.

Did You Know?

Hoover Dam In Take Towers

Lake Mead was named in honor of Dr. Elwood Mead. As Commissioner of Reclamation from 1924 - 1936, he drafted new specifications for a giant project that would dam the Colorado River and create the world's (at that time) largest artificial lake.