Integrated Pest Management Virtual Training Series

Where: Online
May 3 - 25, 2021


The NPS Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program, in collaboration with the NPS invasive species programs, is embarking on an ambitious project to host weekly webinars in Calendar Year 2021. The presenters currently slated include NPS and other DOI agency employees, DOI contractors, USDA/USFS employees, and university professors. They will be presenting on topics such as Invasive Species, Pesticide Safety, the Pesticide Use Proposal System (PUPS), and Museum Management. The webinar series is open to all DOI employees and partners.

April – Pesticide Safety

This month we will focus on pesticide safety.

The Register Now link will take you to the site to sign up for any or all of this month’s webinars. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Session #14: Pesticides: Pest and Invasive Species Control Tools – Basics
April 7th, 12:30 – 2:00pm MT
Presenter: Cindy Hall, FWS IPM Coordinator

This presentation will briefly review the following topics:

  • What is a pesticide?
  • Who regulates pesticides?
  • How are they developed?
  • Toxicity and Pesticide Properties;
  • Pesticide Resistance;
  • Adjuvants; and
  • A Few Tools.

Session #15: Reading the Pesticide Label for Effective and Safe Applications
April 15th, 10:30am – 12:00pm MT
Presenter: Bruce Badzik, GOGA IPM coordinator

Pesticide labels contain a variety of information that you need to know to properly and safely use the product, including hazards to humans and resources. Failure to read and understand the label can lead to ineffective pesticide applications and threats to the health and safety of staff, visitors, and resources.

Session #16: Hazard Communication (HAZCOM)
April 22nd, 11:00am – 12:30pm MT
Presenter: Joe Jacobs, NPS Region 2

This presentation will provide a basic overview of Hazard Communication requirements established by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for hazard classification and communication.

Session #17: Pesticide Storage, Container Management, and PPE
04/29/21 11:00am – 12:30pm MT
Presenter: Kenneth Morin, the CASHE (Compliance Assessment – Safety, Health, and the Environment) program lead with the Bureau of Land Management

May – 11-step IPM Process

This month we focus on the first six steps in the 11 Steps to Developing and Implementing an IPM Strategy.

The Register Now link will take you to the site to sign up for any or all of this month’s webinars. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

#18: IPM and Agriculture: Two Steps in the Right Direction for Pollinator Stewardship
05/03/21 11:30am – 3:00 pm MT
Lori Makarick, Jordan Spaak, Casey Reece, Andrew Landsmen, NPS
Miles Dakin, Pollinator Partnership

NPS and Pollinator Partnership staff will introduce the 11-step IPM process, provide an overview of agriculture in the NPS with a highlight on the Northeast Region, share bee-friendly farming principles, and showcase an example from Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. The presentation will focus on the importance of describing site management objectives and priorities and engaging stakeholders early in your planning process.

#13: 2021 PUPS Enhancements Update
05/04/21 12:00pm -1:30pm MT
Jamie Howard, NPS

This presentation will provide a walk-through of the new features and functionality being built into the PUPS database. The updates include creation of an Invasive Plant Management Team user class, the deployment of EPA registration numbers, and the implementation of multi-year approvals.

#19: Resources and Records: The IPM Two-step We Should All Do
5/13/2021 11:00am -12:30pm MT
Jim Pieper, Alex Stoneburner, NPS

Most of us are not able to memorize volumes of data AND serve as technical expert of ALL resources, so this presentation will focus on the basic principles of record keeping and knowing your resources. Additionally, we will showcase how the Invasive Plant Management Teams are managing data in the National Invasive Species Information Management System (NISIMS).

#20: The IPMs of Who are you, Why are you here, and Where can I find more info?
05/18/21 11:00am -12:30pm MT
John Nelson, USFS
Jenn Sieracki, NPS

Knowing which (and the biology of the) pest you are dealing with and what conditions allow it to be present are crucial for determining when and how to manage it. Additionally, this presentation will showcase the informational resources we are collecting and coalescing on the Invasive Species and IPM SharePoint site.

#21: The one where the IPM Monitor asks “When did you get here and how many of you are there?”
05/25/21 11:00am -12:30pm MT
Brent Johnson, NPS

We can’t all watch the grass grow to see when the first weed pops up, but there are a number of strategies to help make your monitoring efforts successful at preventing bigger issues.

Upcoming Topics

  • June – Pest Specifics
  • July – 11-step NPS IPM Process continued

Previous Webinars

Eventually these webinars will form the basis of the replacement for the 40-hour IPM training course last held in 2010.

You can catch up on webinars that you missed, and take quizzes to test your knowledge at the NPS IPM Training SharePoint (DOI only).

January – Introduction to Integrated Pest Management

4 webinars:

  • Session #1: Introduction to DOI Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Session #2: Regional IPM Coordinator Roundtable (NPS-focused)
  • Session #3: Pesticide Use Proposal System (PUPS) 101
  • ​​​​​​​Session #4: NPS IPM Overview

February – Invasive Species

4 webinars:

  • Session #5: Invasive Species Coordination and Strategic Action at the Department of the Interior
  • Session #6: Invasive Mussels
  • Session #7: Pythons, Hogs, and Little Bugs: The Menagerie That Is Invading Our Parks
  • Session #8: An Overview of the NPS Invasive Plant Management Program

March – Forest Health Pests

4 webinars:

  • Session #9: Forest Health Tools: Surveying and Reporting on Forest Health Conditions in Parks and other Forested Landscapes
  • Session #10: Regenerating after Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Mortality Using a Climate Adaptive Framework
  • Session #11: Perception and Management of Black Ash for EAB
  • Session #12: Overview of NPS Forest Health Protection Program (FHP)

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