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.

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2022 IPM Achievement Award Nominations

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. Nominations for the 2022 IPM Achievement Award are currently being accepted through October 31 via the online form below.

2021 IPM Annual Report

In February, the Marin County Board of Supervisors accepted the IPM annual report. The following achievements are highlighted for 2021:

  • Zero use of glyphosate and rodenticide at all 147 sites.
  • 130 out of 147 sites successfully managed without pesticide.
  • Conventional pesticide use decreased 54% over previous year.
  • Parks staff supervised participants in the Adult Offender Work Program (AWOP), a jail alternative, performing IPM while acquiring practical work skills.
  • Parks staff completed baseline study and set goals to reduce aquatic weeds and algae using manual methods and organic or minimum-risk products.

Read the 2021 IPM Annual Report PDF

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