Exotic Plant Management Teams
Exotic Plant Management Teams (EPMT) are a weapon to combat exotic plants. The teams were modeled after the coordinated rapid response approach used in wild land fire fighting. The first test of the EPMT concept was made in 1996 at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The success of the EPMT derives from its ability to adapt to local conditions and needs, using weed science expertise and partnerships.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area's Resource Management Division eradicates fountaingrass (Pennisetum setaceum) from the shorelines of Lake Mohave. Removal methods include digging the plant out of the ground with hand tools or applying an aquatically approved and EPA registered herbicide to the leaves of the plant.
Fountaingrass has recently been added to the Nevada State Noxious Weed List because of its ability to invade natural areas and displace native plant communities, increase wildfire danger and impact desert tortoise habitat.
Did You Know?
All yucca species have evolved a special relationship with yucca moths. Each species of the plant has its own corresponding species of pollinating moths.