Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

County of Marin is a leader in ecologically sound Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

Marin County Parks oversees landscape and structural IPM at 148 county sites with minimal use of pesticides, protecting people and the environment.

Parks staff member analyzing pests out in the field

2018 IPM Annual Report

On March 21, 2018 the Marin County Board of Supervisors accepted the IPM annual report. The following achievements are highlighted for 2018:

  • Zero use of glyphosate and rodenticide at all 148 sites.
  • 131 sites successfully managed without pesticide.
  • 43,299 hours of labor by volunteers, staff, and contractors for non-chemical IPM.
  • Collaboration with the departments of Public Works and Environmental Health on multiple rodent exclusion projects.
  • Firewise IPM included juniper removal in Lucas Valley, and Civic Center acacia removal.

Read the 2018 IPM Annual Report PDF

Frank Egger

2018 IPM Achievement Awards

Each year the IPM Commission recognizes individuals and organizations that demonstrate innovation, knowledge, skill, leadership, inspiration, and courage in pursuing new systems of pest management that result in reduction in pesticide use within Marin County.

While serving on the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control Board, 2018 IPM Achievement Awardee Frank Egger studied various pesticides and successfully found alternatives. He also helped initiate the IPM Ordinance and Commission. Frank has shared many examples of innovative IPM techniques, and reached segments of the population not usually aware of IPM.

LINC crew working out in the field

2018 IPM Achievement Awardee LINC:TAM brings together a diverse group of high school youth to experience the outdoors, learn, and volunteer. They pull invasive plants at open spaces across Marin, including Bothin Marsh, Kent Island, and Aramburu island. They also participate in community science projects such as the Wildlife Picture Index, and sudden oak death research. LINC:TAM stands for Linking Individuals to Natural Communities on Mt.
Tamalpias. The program installs love for natural resources, and a sense of responsibility and stewardship that could inspire careers in parks, science, or ecology.

Use the forms below to nominate candidates for future awards. Nominations must be submitted by October 31 of the award year.

For questions about the IPM program contact Parks Superintendent Jim Chayka.