Nez Perce Bio-Control Center
22776 Bever Grade
P.O. Box 365
Lapwai, Idaho 83540
Located in north central Idaho, the Nez Perce Reservation lies
between the Selway-Bitterroot Mountain, across the camas and Weippe
prairie to the breaks of the Snake River. During the past
century many non-native plants have invaded, disturbing native
plant communities which are culturally important to Nez Perce
people, economically important to the region and biologically
important to the Columbia River Basin ecosystem. Approached by the Idaho State Department of
Agriculture in 1994, the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee
agreed to examine the feasibility of developing a biological
control of weeds coordination center. Startup funds were
provided by the USDA-Rural Business Enterprise Grant program and
USDC-Economic Development Administration to the Tribe in 1998; the
program was initiated in 1999.
The NPBC is constantly seeking partnerships to increase its
ability to meet the needs of land. A greenhouse and garden plots of
target weeds allow NPBC staff to raise approved biological control
organisms on site.
Mass rearing of newly
available approved biological control organisms will allow land
owners and managers increased access to natures weed
eaters. owners and managers throughout the region.
Through partnerships, the NPBC has access to collections of all
approved biological control of weeds organisms and continually
builds the rearing program to include newly approved organisms.