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Pest Management

Pest Management is implemented utilizing an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system process that is an ecosystem-based strategy. It is a sustainable approach to manage pests using a combination of techniques and technologies that may include chemical, biological, cultural, habitat manipulation, and use of resistant plant varieties. Chemicals and methods of chemical application are selected in a manner that minimizes risks to human health, beneficial and non-target organisms, and the natural resources.

Pest Management in Conservation Planning

Conservation planners start by identifying site-specific natural resource concerns in the conservation planning process. For pest management related resource concerns may include the potential for pest management activities to impact soil, water, air plants, animals, and humans. Once the site-specific natural resource concerns are identified, the conservation planner can provide technical assistance to clients to mitigate identified environmental risks and assist clients to adopt IPM techniques that protect natural resources.

Pest management risks are associated with the use of chemical, biological, and cultural pest suppression techniques. Tools such as the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation, Version 2 (RUSLE2), the Wind Erosion Prediction System (WEPS), and if chemicals are used, the Windows Pesticide Screening Tool (WIN-PST) assist the planner to assess and plan appropriate mitigation strategies.Service Center Locator