Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.76
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date July 29, 2011
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Pennsylvania State University
OP-9: Integrated Pest Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Shelley McKeague
Environmental Compliance Specialist
Engineering Services
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The size of the campus grounds :
7,003 Acres

The size of campus grounds that are maintained in accordance with a four-tiered IPM plan :
7,003 Acres

A brief description of the IPM plan(s) :

Penn State's Pesticide Management Program Manual (Section B.1.) outlines Penn State's approach to IPM. The manual explains the six steps to IPM.

1. Identify pest
2. Understand pest biology
3. Monitor environment to determine pest levels
4. Determine action threshold
5. Choose tactics
6. Evaluate results

Tactics include cultural, physical, mechanical, biological, genetic and legal with chemical options as a last resort. The manual states "At Penn State, everyone must use IPM except those persons who are performing research where specific pesticide protocols are necessary."

Penn State utilizes IPM principles in it's grounds operations for Turf, Horticulture and Tree Maintenance as well as the control of Dutch Elm Disease. Action thresholds as well as prevention and control measures are based on levels of expectation in the area.

For trees, strict IPM practices are followed. Weekly IPM reports are generated providing weather and pest alerts information to provide the crews with the most current information to shape pest management activities.

Agricultural and wooded lands make up a substantial amount of Penn State's land holding at University Park. Farm Operations manages these lands and follow IPM practices. Best Management Practices are utilized including crop rotation, crop diversity as well as just-in-time use of fertilizers.

Through the College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State is collaborating with the PA Department of Agriculture on The Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management Program.

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