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.

Group at work mulching with Mt Tam in background

2019 IPM Annual Report

In March, the Marin County Board of Supervisors accepted the IPM annual report. The following achievements are highlighted for 2019:

  • Zero use of glyphosate and rodenticide at all 147 sites.
  • 131 sites successfully managed without pesticide.
  • Conventional and organic pesticide use decreased.
  • 46,254 hours of labor by volunteers, staff, and contractors for non-chemical IPM.
  • County staff provided IPM-related workshops, training, and educational events throughout the year.

Read the 2019 IPM Annual Report PDF

Barbara Bogard speaking at a public hearing

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.

Nominators praised 2019 awardee Barbara Bogard for always being up-to-date with County IPM objectives, budgets, management, and work teams. She engages with County IPM staff on a regular basis to understand current work plans, and to suggest new approaches and re-allocation of existing resources. Thank you, Barbara.

Submit a nomination for the 2020 IPM Achievement Award. The nomination deadline is October 30, 2020.

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