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Lynn Braband

High grades win "Excellence in IPM" award for New York IPM leader

by Mary Woodsen

lynn braband at work
Lynn Braband at work.

 

If it isn't the wasps or mice, it's the cockroaches or bedbugs.

Every community faces pest problems, whether in schools, workplaces, or homes. Weeds qualify as pests too; and weedy sports turf makes for poor footing. Even mildew fits the description.

Now for his untiring work promoting safer, least-toxic ways people can cope with pests, be it at home, work, or school, Lynn Braband has been honored with a 2010 Excellence in IPM award.

Braband's seminars and hands-on workshops have reached thousands in audiences ranging from medical personnel to housing facility managers, government agencies to homeowners. His main focus, though, is protecting kids from pests and pesticides both. Over the years Braband has demoed preventive IPM (integrated pest management) tactics to school staff all over New York and worked closely with a cadre of schools to achieve "IPM Star" status; this national recognition of exceptional IPM adoption is backed up by rigorous audits.

Braband has become a leader and spokesperson for regional and national school IPM as well. As co-chair of the Northeastern IPM Working Group, Braband works to bring IPM to all public schools across the region and even nationwide.

Braband's co-chair Kathy Murray (Maine Department of Agriculture, Food & Rural Resources), says he embodies five attributes of leadership: Caring deeply about the big picture—the vision. Staying on top of the details that make vision reality. The warmth and inclusiveness that make everyone feel valued. The quirky, quiet humor that keeps things fun. And the capacity for hard work.

Don Rutz, Director of the NYS IPM Program, presented Braband's award on February 26, 2011 at the New York State Wildlife Management Association educational conference in Owego, New York.