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School IPM Outreach and Research Activities 2006

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Project Leaders: L. Braband, J. Gangloff-Kaufmann, Community IPM Extension Area Educator

Cooperators: G. Couch, et.al.

Abstract: Integrated pest management in schools is needed to reduce risks to children and others from both pests and the overuse of pesticides.  The NYS IPM Program was involved in several extension and applied research activities at schools in 2006. In the lower Hudson River Valley, we continued with a “learning community” approach. Three school districts are working with extension and school peers to assist each other in the development of model IPM programs. Following up with a cockroach IPM plan and demonstration in 2005, a training program was held at South Huntington UFSD for facilities workers that added the category of 7A “structural and rodent” to their pesticide applicator licenses. These facilities workers then became an in-house pest management team that assumed the responsibility for future cockroach and other pest management. In New York City, the Director of Pest Control requested an IPM STAR evaluation from the IPM Institute. The NYS IPM program has been closely involved with NYC schools for many years, and helped in 2006 by conducting the pre-evaluation using IPM STAR standards. NYS IPM then helped conduct the official IPM STAR evaluation. We participated in a nation-wide group preparing a USDA-funded Pest Management Strategic Plan for school IPM and started the development of outreach efforts to small, rural school districts in the Adirondacks. NYS IPM Program staff organized a meeting of the Statewide School IPM Committee and interacted with numerous school districts and others about school IPM via presentations and site visits.