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Montgomery Parks Pesticide Reduction and Integrated Pest Management Program

Pesticide Use in Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks began implementing segments of the pesticide use restrictions law beginning on July 1, 2016. Bill 52-14 Pesticides – Notice Requirements – Cosmetic Pesticide Use Restrictions was enacted by Montgomery County Council October 2015 and was adopted into County Code Ch. 33B Pesticide Use.

Through this program, Montgomery Parks is embracing new ways to manage weeds and pest issues in our parks while continuing to protect and conserve our valuable natural and cultural resources. We are committed to balancing the demand for recreation with the need for conservation as we work to manage a sustainable park system that meets the needs of current and future generations.

Pesticide-Free Areas:

Montgomery Parks has launched a pesticide-free parks pilot program to manage certain parks in different regions of Montgomery County without the use of pesticides. This program will allow us to learn about the impacts and best practices of maintaining parks with alternative methods.  As we learn from the pilot program, the parks designated as pesticide-free may change. A park may be removed from the program and/or the program may expand to include additional parks.

Athletic Field Pilot Program

Montgomery Parks is working with an organic turf management expert to conduct a pilot program on five athletic fields. Through the program, we will compare five conventionally managed fields with five fields managed with organic methods and listed products.

Some of the criteria being considered in field selection for the pilot program include:

  • Level of maintenance – local park athletic fields; non-irrigated
  • Cool season turf type
  • Mowing height required for use of facility and level of play
  • Number of field use hours based on permitted hours

The athletic fields pilot program will evaluate organic methods and certain “listed” pesticide products that are approved by the Department of Agriculture.  This pilot study will help us determine if managing athletic fields with only listed pesticides may be feasible for all local park fields. The project is contingent on available funding.

Integrated Pest Management in Montgomery Parks

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) includes alternative methods of managing weeds, insects, and other pest issues to minimize the use of pesticides. We follow IPM principles to determine the best management practices for each facility and asset. Some alternative methods are hand pulling and mechanical removal of weeds, additional string trimming, propane flame weeding and application of organically approved pesticides in County Code 33B.

Reducing pesticide use begins with sustainable design, durable equipment, and quality materials. Well-trained staff is equally important; Parks’ training programs emphasize

  • Regular monitoring of pest problems
  • Proper use of alternative practices
  • Communication to update staff on changes related to pesticide use in our parks

Pesticide Application Notifications

The below table includes a schedule of upcoming pesticide applications. The list is updated to provide at least 48-hour notice for applications.

 

 

Park Name  Planned Application Date  Planned Time Range Description of Area to be Treated  Product Reason
North Chevy Chase Local Park 6/4-6/29/18 7 am-5 pm all wooded areas of parkland including field edges and natural areas.

Park will remain open to the public. Please stay on trails and public use areas.

Rodeo, AquaNeat, Pathfinder II, Garlon3A Non-Native Invasive Plant Control
Locust Grove Nature Center Property 6/18 – 6/22/18 7 am – 5 pm wooded areas, selective treatment of specific pest trees Garlon 3A Non-Native Invasive Plant Control
Damascus Recreational Park 6/18-6/22/18 8 am – 3 pm Fields 1 & 4, warning tracks Round Up Weed control
Arora Hills Local Park 6/18-6/22/18 8 am – 3 pm Fields 1 & 2, warning tracks Round Up Weed control
Kings Local Park 6/18-6/22/18 8 am – 3 pm Field 1, warning track Round Up Weed control
Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park 6/18-6/22/18 8 am – 3 pm Fields 1 & 3, warning tracks Round  Up Weed control
Blair Local Park 6/18-6/22/18 7 am -2 pm Fields #1, #2, warning track, flower bed areas Round Up Weed control
Blair Local Park  6/18-6/22/18 7 am -2 pm Fields #1, #2, ball field turf Dismiss NXT, Headway Weed control, Turfgrass fungal disease control
Damascus Recreational Park 6/18-6/22/18 7 am -5 pm natural wooded areas Envoy Plus Invasive Plant Management/Research
Rachel Carson Conservation Park 6/18-6/22/18 7 am -5 pm main meadow infront of parking lot Garlon 3A and/or Aquaneat Invasive Plant Management
Little Bennett Regional Park 6/18-6/22/18 7 am -5 pm meadow along froggy hollow trail  Garlon 3A and/or Aquaneat Invasive Plant Management
Cabin John Athletic Area 6/18-6/22/18 6:30 am -2 pm Fields 2,3,4,5,6 warning tracks Ranger Pro Weed control
Cabin John Athletic Area 6/18-6/22/18 6:30 am -2 pm Field 5 turf Trimmet Plant growth regulator
Laytonia Recreational Park 6/18-6/22/18 6:30 am -3 pm Field 1, turf, tree rings and islands  Ranger Pro, Propiconazole, K-Leaf Weed control
Laytonia Recreational Park 6/18-6/22/18 6:30 am -3 pm Fields 1, 2, 4 Aristocracy Wetting agent, Decrease soil tension, Increase vertical and Horizontal movement of water
Fountain Hills Local Park 6/25-6/29/18 7:30 am – 2:30pm Warning track on field Prosecutor, Surflan Weed control
Germantown Town Center Urban Park 6/25-6/29/18 7:30 am – 2:30pm Rip-Rap at storm water outlet & nearby areas Triclopry Invasive species
Black Hill Regional Park 6/25-6/29/18 7:00 am – 2:30pm trail, rip-rap near Cabin Branch Creek Triclopry Noxious weeds
Flower Hill Local Park 6/25-6/29/18 7:00 am – 2:30pm Diamonds – Infields, backstops, benches Prosecutor Pro Weed control
Nike Missile Local Park 6/25-6/29/18 7:30 am – 2:30pm Diamonds – Infields, backstops, benches Prosecutor Pro Weed control
Johnson Local Park 6/25-6/29/18 7:30 am – 2:30pm Diamonds – Infields, backstops, benches Prosecutor Pro Weed control
Greenwood Local Park 6/25-6/29/18 7:30 am – 2:30pm Diamonds 1 & 2- Infields, backstops, benches Prosecutor Pro Weed control
Manor Oaks Local Park 6/25-6/29/18 7:30 am – 2:30pm Diamond 1- Infields, backstops, benches Prosecutor Pro Weed control
East Norbeck Local Park 6/25-6/29/18 7:00 am – 2:30pm Diamond 1 & 2- Infields, backstops, benches, warning track Prosecutor Pro Weed control
Northwest Branch Recreational Park 6/25-6/29/18 7:00 am – 2:30pm Diamond 1- Infields, backstops, benches, warning track Prosecutor Pro Weed control
Ednor Local Park 6/25-6/29/18 7:00 am – 2:30pm Diamond 1 & 2- Infields, backstops, benches Prosecutor Pro Weed control
Cloverly Local Park 6/25-6/29/18 7:00 am – 2:30pm Diamond 1 & 2 Infields, backstops, benches Prosecutor Pro Weed control
Burtonsville Local Park 6/25-6/29/18 7:30 am – 2:30pm Diamond 1 & 2 Infields, backstops, benches Prosecutor Pro Weed control
Columbia Local Park 6/25-6/29/18 7:30 am – 2:30pm Diamond 1- Infields, backstops, benches Prosecutor Pro Weed control
Hoyles Mill Village Local Park 6/25-6/29/18 7:00 am – 2:30pm Diamonds- Infields, backstops, benches, warning tracks Round Up Weed control
Kings Crossing Local Park 6/25-6/29/18 7:00 am – 2:30pm Diamonds- Infields, backstops, benches, warning tracks Round Up Weed control
South Germantown  Recreational Park 6/25-6/29/18 7:00 am – 2:30pm Diamonds  Infields, backstops, benches, warning tracks Round Up Weed control
Laytonia Recreational Park 6/25-6/29/18 6:30 am – 3:00pm Common areas around fields Battleship III Weed control
Laytonia Recreational Park 6/25-6/29/18 6:30 am – 3:00pm Diamond 1- Infields, warning track Ranger Pro Weed control
Black Hill Regional Park 6/25-6/29/187  7:00 am – 5:00pm Natural areas adjacent to parking lot along Clarksburg Rd. Garlon 3A Invasive Plant Management

Montgomery Parks Staff will make every effort possible to properly notify the community when a pesticide application is scheduled.  Weather permitting, applications will be posted on the website with signage installed on site.

Advanced notifications of pesticide applications

  • White pre-notification signs are posted 48 hours in advance at the site of applications to playing fields, managed turf and treatments within 25 ft. of a stream or creek.
  • Yellow pesticide application signs are installed at the time of application for areas along trails, train tracks, near water, turfgrass and ornamental plantings. Signs remain in place for at least 48 hours following pesticide applications.

Please contact Montgomery Parks if you have any questions.


 

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Last Updated: June 22, 2018