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Environmentally Responsible Management Strategies for Municipal Athletic Fields and Grounds 2009

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Project Leader: R. Harper, Extension Resource Educator, Cornell Coop. Ext. – Westchester County

Cooperator: B. Eshenaur, NYS IPM

Abstract: Municipal athletic fields and grounds provide opportunities for recreation and physical activity. However these sites are often exposed to over use, improper plant selection and other factors predisposing them to pest problems.

In March 2009, CCE – Westchester County offered the program Environmentally Responsible Management Strategies for Municipal Athletic Fields and Grounds.  Attendees came away with a better understanding of cultural practices fundamental to a successful IPM program aimed at preventing pest situations associated with municipal athletic fields and grounds.  Specific topics of instruction included proper athletic field maintenance and the selection and use of low maintenance landscape plantings.  Instruction subject matter also included IPM methods for scouting and managing pest situations.