Invasive Plant Management

Four people with backpack sprayers treat invasive plants in a large green and open meadow.
The NCA Invasive Plant Management Team treats a meadow in Rock Creek Park.

Overview

The National Capital Area Invasive Plant Management Team plans and implements treatments for non-native, invasive plants. The team inventories and maps targeted invasive vegetation, develops control strategies, and, through partnerships, follows treatments with restoration of disturbed areas. The team also conducts outreach and education on invasive plants with park staff, interested volunteers, and community groups.

Contact

Alex Voznitza, IPMT Liaison, 202-339-8319. If you need assistance from Resource Stewardship and Science (RESS), you may submit a Solution for Technical Assistance Requests (STAR) request online (NPS Only).

Projects

  • Early Detection & Rapid Response - Assisting parks across the National Capital Area with prompt treatment of new invaders before they can become established pests. Includes species such as wavyleaf basketgrass (Oplismenus hirtellus). (ongoing)
  • Park Support - Coordinating with each NCA park on an annual workplan that can include infestation surveys, initial treatments, re-vegetation, follow-up treatments, and restoration. (ongoing)
  • Regional Support - Co-hosting and coordinating yearly pesticide re-certification training for NPS staff, interns, volunteers, and local governments that qualifies participants for certification in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. (annual)

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Last updated: July 9, 2020