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Putting IPM to Work in Schools and Institutions 2000

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Project Leader: Amy Ivy, Extension Educator, Essex and Clinton Counties

Collaborator: Lynn Braband, NYS IPM Program Geneva, NY

There is increasing awareness of and interest in reducing pesticide use in schools, institutions and public places. A day long program will be held on February 13, 2001 in Plattsburgh to reach buildings and grounds managers in schools, institutions and public buildings throughout Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties

The objectives of this program are to explain why and how to initiate an IPM program, to teach specific IPM management strategies for structures and grounds and to convince managers to adopt an IPM program at their facility. In addition, Master Gardener volunteers who answer homeowner questions on household pests and yard care will also benefit from this learning opportunity.

We expect about 30 attendees will gain a better understanding of how IPM programs function and that many of them will adopt at least some of these practices at their facilities. In addition, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton and Essex Counties will enhance its lines of communications with this relatively new audience.