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Parks and IPM

  • Parks Staff follows Integrated Pest Management (IPM), a science-based decision-making process that guides park managers when investigating a pest situation.
  • The IPM approach determines the most appropriate and cost effective management solution for the specific pest situation.
  • IPM also establishes pest tolerance levels and monitoring protocols.
  • Consult with technical experts such as New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service to identify the pest (weed), reasons it exists, how it can best be managed.
  • Develop an effective, site specific and low risk strategy to manage the pest. This includes altering conditions which attracted pests to the site in the first place.
  • IPM often involves improving cultural practices (aeration, fertilization, irrigation, mowing, etc.).