Toxic exposure and the use of pesticides and herbicides in our playgrounds, around young children and our parks, critical for our pollinators and wildlife is not sustainable. What can be done to reduce the use of pesticides and still ‘protect’ these areas from invasive species? Business as usual is NOT the answer. The City of Boise has heard the concerns of the citizens and is inviting the public to an open meeting on the topic of Pest Management and their Integrated Pest Management guidelines.
Integrated Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices reduce the spread of undesirable plants, insects, bacteria or other organisms that have a negative impact on our landscape or human health. An IPM program utilizes different tools to control pests in ways that are least impactful to the environment and most effective for getting rid of specific pests. These tools may include the application of a targeted pesticide or shifting management practices to help reduce the likelihood of pest establishment on city property.
The City of Boise Parks and Recreation Department first started using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices in 1995. The department most recently updated its guidelines to improve these efforts in 2016. To view the department’s current IPM guidelines, click here.
Public Meeting at Boise Library
The Boise Parks and Recreation Department manages more than 1,600 acres of park land, and more than 5,000 acres of open space across the City of Boise. The department is hosting a public meeting on Thursday, Feb. 13 to provide information to citizens about its current weed and pest management practices and discuss the goals of the pilot program.
The meeting will be held in the auditorium at the Boise Public Library (715 S. Capitol Blvd.) at 5:30 p.m. Attendees will hear a presentation from the pilot project team and have a chance to ask questions of department leaders in a conversational setting.
Following the public meeting on Feb. 13, the project team plans to host another public meeting in March to discuss park and facility locations that meet the criteria for potential inclusion in the pilot program. Community feedback will be gathered throughout this process, including in the selection of pilot sites, and information will be updated on the city’s website so people can stay up to date on the program and data/findings throughout the multi-year study.