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IPM Workshops for Schools and/or Municipal Properties 2000

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Project Leader: Lynn Braband (Community IPM, Geneva, NY)

Collaborators: Selected BOCES and county CCE’s, Community IPM Working Group members

Introduction: Reducing risks from both pests and pesticides in schools is an increasingly important issue in NYS and nationally. Similar attention is developing concerning pest management on municipally owned properties. Activities include action by local, state, and national legislators and agencies. A variety of private activist groups are also focusing on how pests are managed on school and municipal properties. When pesticide reduction efforts are encouraged or mandated, assistance is needed in the administration and implementation of IPM. The Community IPM Program has held IPM training workshops for the past two years in several locations throughout the state. Feedback from these workshops plus other surveys have revealed the desire and need for continued IPM training of school and municipal personnel.