Abstracts of presentations given on Tuesday, 12 July 2005, in session 1 of the UCOWR conference.


Today, exotic plants infest approximately 2.6 million acres in the national park system, reducing the natural diversity of these special places. Drawing funds from the Natural Resource Challenge, the National Park Service (NPS) Biological Resource Management Division (BRMD) established rapid response Exotic Plant Management Teams (EPMT) to control exotic plants. Modeled after the approach used in wild land fire fighting, EPMTs provide highly trained, mobile strike forces of plant management specialists who assist parks in the control of exotic plants.