Los Alamos County’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division Manager Chris Wilson updated the Parks and Recreation Board on his plans to address citizens’ concerns regarding herbicide spraying for parks, the golf course, sidewalks, roadside right-of-ways, medians, airport facilities and parking lots.
Wilson and his staff, along with concerned citizens, have been researching literature on herbicides and how other communities are addressing the issue. He outlined revisions to the Integrated Pest Management Plan (IPMP).
“It’s a broad topic, and we’re going to hold ourselves to the Integrated Pest Management that we’re practicing, and through our review feel that it is a strong program,” Wilson said. “And yet, I feel there are some things that we can work on that will speak to the concern of pesticide control.”
The top priority will be building healthy turf.
“Healthy turf is our best defense,” Wilson said. “If the turf is in good shape and we spend our time and money on making that able to withstand weed encroachment, that’s the best thing we can do.”
The division plans to reduce boom spraying of entire turf areas, which has traditionally been applied both spring and fall.