Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.16
Liaison Ryan Ihrke
Submission Date July 29, 2011
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Green Mountain College
OP-9: Integrated Pest Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Glenn LaPlante
Director of facilities
Maintenance
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The size of the campus grounds :
155 Acres

The size of campus grounds that are maintained in accordance with a four-tiered IPM plan :
155 Acres

A brief description of the IPM plan(s) :

GMC’s land management procedures emphasize the prevention of pests on managed lands through the use of native species, which provide food and habitat for bird populations that control insects. Plants for landscaping are purchased from local growers to help reduce the transmission of pests. Grounds crew look to identify problems early and use have-a-heart traps and environmentally sound pest treatments minimally when necessary.

Cerridwen Farm practices organic control methods that rely primarily on crop rotations and diversity for pest control and only use organically approved pest control methods when thresholds of economic damage have been passed. This management applies to 3 acres of crops land, 9.5 acres of pasture and 5 acres of hayfield.

In addition, the 14.2 acre Buffer Zone along the Poultney River was designated in 1997 to restore the health of the river and act as an educational resource for the GMC community. Within this zone, vegetation is allowed to grow up naturally in some areas and it was planted with native species in other areas, establishing riparian forest with both educational and ecosystem values.


The website URL where information about the IPM plan(s) is available:

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