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.

2020 IPM Annual Report

In February, the Marin County Board of Supervisors accepted the IPM annual report. The following achievements are highlighted for 2020:

  • Zero use of glyphosate and rodenticide at all 147 sites.
  • 130 sites successfully managed without pesticide.
  • Total amount of conventional and organic pesticide use decreased in volume.
  • In a year of changing conditions, volunteers, staff, and contractors adapted and continued advancing IPM goals.
  • County staff continued piloting the use of new and innovative products.

Read the 2020 IPM Annual Report PDF

Greg Reza

IPM Achievement Award

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. The public is invited to submit nominations annually.

The 2020 winners of the IPM Achievement Award are Marin County Open Space and Parks Volunteer Program Coordinators Greg Reza and Kirk Schroeder. They were applauded for "their dedicated work recruiting, organizing, educating volunteers and hosting exemplary volunteer events where the principles of IPM are literally put to work..Greg and Kirk are consistently educating and inspiring volunteers as part of each volunteer experience as well as designing events where volunteers of all ages do work and make meaningful contributions to IPM implementation and stewardship of public County Open Space and Parks."

Kirk Schroeder

Greg Reza and Kirk Schroeder are a critical part of the County’s IPM program. They help dedicated volunteers directly support the manual labor needed to reduce the use of pesticides in Marin County. They focus on education, fostering awareness, and understanding of IPM, as well as teaching methods that volunteers can share at home and in their communities. Their programs focus on accessibility and engagement, facilitating events where diverse volunteers make meaningful contributions to IPM implementation. and stewardship of public lands.

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