Exotic Plant Management Teams

Exotic Plant Management Team member pulls an invasive plant from the banks of Lake Mead
An EPMT member of the Lake Mead region pulls invasive tamarisk from the banks near Muddy River, Nevada. The Lake Mead EPMT was the first team formed in 2000.

NPS Photo.

Who are the EPMTs?

One of the many ways the National Park Service (NPS) is combating invasive plants is through the Exotic Plant Management Team (EPMT) program, whose work provides support to approximately 290 national park units. For the past 18 years, teams have provided professional assistance directly to the parks, filling a much-needed gap in park expertise and assisting parks in preventing introductions of new species, reducing existing infestations, and restoring native plant communities and ecosystem functions.

The Biological Resources Division supports 15 EPMTs from coast to coast. Two more teams are funded through park base funding. EPMT liasons (team coordinators), EPMT data managers, EPMT field crew leaders, and EPMT field staff provide specialized scientific and technical assistance to and across all organizational levels of the NPS.

What do the EPMTs do?

Using multiple strategies, each team creates a work plan tailored to the needs of their partner parks, which may include:

  • Cooperation and collaboration,
  • Inventory and monitoring,
  • Prevention,
  • Early Detection and rapid response (EDRR)
  • Treatment and control, and
  • Restoration.

EPMTs work in a wide variety of ecosystems to target over 700 invasive plant species nationwide. The EPMT’s work in both urban and natural environments, ranging from park units within Washington DC to the Alaskan backcountry.

The EPMTs by Region

The 17 teams are work in national parks in all regions of the country. At times, their work may overlap or spread to extremely different geographical regions. Explore more below.

Alaska Exotic Plant Management Team

Contact:
Chris Overbaugh, liaison
907-644-3452
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North Coast-Casacades Network Exotic Plant Managment Team

Contact:
Cheryl Decker, liaison
360-854-7336
e-mail us

Northern Rocky Mountain Exotic Plant Management Team

Contact:
Steven Bekedam, liaison
307-344-2185
e-mail us

California Exotic Plant Management Team

Contact:
Bobbi Simpson, liaison
415-464-5190
e-mail us
Great Lakes Exotic Plant Management Team

Contact:
Isaiah Messerly, liaison
715-483-229
e-mail us

Northern Great Plains Exotic Plant Management Team

Contact:
Brennan Hauk, liaison
605-341-2801
e-mail us

Heartland Network Exotic Plant Management Team

Contact:
Craig Young, terrestrial program manager
417-732-6438 x281
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Jordan Bell, project manager
417-732-6438 x400
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Southwest Exotic Plant Management Team

Contact:
Jeff Conn, liaison
520-400-1011
e-mail us

Lake Mead Exotic Plant Management Team

Contact:
Curt Deuser, liaison
702-293-8979
e-mail us

California Exotic Plant Management Team

Contact:
Bobbi Simpson, liaison
415-464-5190
e-mail us

Northern Rocky Mountain Exotic Plant Management Team

Contact:
Steven Bekedam, liaison
307-344-2185
e-mail us
Northeast Exotic Plant Management Team

Contact:
Brian McDonnel, liaison
570-588-0534
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Mid-Atlantic Exotic Plant Management Team

Contact:
Casey Reese, liaison
267-800-8503
e-mail us

National Capitol Region Exotic Plant Management Team

Contact:
Mark Frey, liaison
202-339-8317
e-mail us
Southeast Exotic Plant Management Team

Contact:
Nancy D Dagley, liaison
828-407-5651
e-mail us

Florida and the Caribbean Exotic Plant Management Team

Contact:
Brian Lockwood, liaison
786-249-0073
e-mail us

Southeast Coast Exotic Plant Management Team

Contact:
Amorita Brackett, liasion
e-mail us

Gulf Coast Exotic Plant Management Team

Contact:
R. Dale McPherson, liaison
404-507-5795
e-mail us
Pacific Island Exotic Plant Management Team

Jeremy Gooding
808-281-1542
Pacific Islands EPMT Liaison
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More details about how the teams implement the above strategies can be found in the annual reports, accessed through the NPS database. Visit the NPS data store to view the 2016 and 2017 annual reports.

Exotic Plant Management Teams in Action

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    Last updated: March 7, 2019