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Weeds: Nature's Graffiti - How IPM Can Fix That
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 02:00 PM EDT - 03:30 PM EDT

Weeds of concern and their control varies widely by state. The attitudes of school districts toward weeds also differ depending on whether the weeds are in the recess yard or athletic field. How do school facility managers or contracted turf management firms contend with weeds?


Learn how to observe your school grounds with an eye toward identifying weeds and their locations. Our weed specialist will provide you with Integrated Pest Management (IPM) based control tactics for common weeds. IPM is an approach that uses a hierarchy of practices, including exclusion, sanitation, biological, and mechanical methods, to reduce unnecessary pesticide exposure while providing sustainable pest control.


You’ll learn about landscape design solutions, such as underlayments and mow strips, to address weed issues, cow path and desire lines. A grounds manager will recount his school’s challenges with weeds on the grounds and athletic fields and offer guidance for developing a successful IPM program.


This webinar will empower you to implement improvements in your weed management program.


​Space is limited to the first 1,000 to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the webinar.


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Event Speakers

Jenny Kao-Kniffin, PhD

Dr. Kao-Kniffen is an Assistant Professor of Horticulture at Cornell University focusing on weed ecology of turfgrass systems. Her work features integrated weed management techniques that utilize ecological approaches to long-term suppression of weeds in multiple grassland types. She received her PhD (Land Resources) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Masters (Biological Sciences) and Bachelors (Environmental Studies) degrees from the State University of New York at Binghamton.


Marcia Anderson, PhD

Dr. Marcia Anderson is with EPA’s Center of Expertise for School IPM. She holds a PhD (Environmental Management) from Montclair State University along with degrees in Biology, Environmental Design, Landscape Architecture, Instruction and Curriculum and is a Certified Tree Expert for the State of New Jersey. Marcia was formerly a professor of Earth and Environmental Studies, Geology, and Oceanography for 15 years at several New Jersey universities.


Guest Panelist

Gordon Murray

Mr. Murray has a history of facilities management with the YMCA and in the public school setting. He is the Director of Buildings and Grounds for a regional school unit in central Maine. His responsibilities include oversight of athletic fields and recreational grounds in school district that covers five different towns. As the district IPM Coordinator, he directs in-house and contracted staff. He understands the struggles between shrinking school budgets and increasing expectations in the realm of grounds keeping.

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