Pest Management Alliance Grants Awarded 2018

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Project Summaries

Increasing Adoption of IPM Practices that Use Beneficial Birds as Pest Control and Manage Pest Birds in Crop Production
Sponsor: Wild Farm Alliance
Principal Investigator: Jo Ann Baumgartner
Amount Requested: $112,513

This project will help California farmers reduce pesticide use through the adoption of practices that use beneficial birds to control pest insects and rodents and discourage pest birds. A web-based Story Map and videos of farmers who have adopted the use of beneficial birds will be produced and the grantee will work with California Agricultural Commissioners to present the videos and other materials at their annual grower meetings and on their websites. On-farm Field Days will be used to help farmers identify beneficial birds and pest birds, attract beneficial birds by planting native habitats, conserve trees for cavity nesting and roosting birds, and use and maintenain bird boxes.

Media contact: Jo Ann Baumgartner, Principal Investigator, 831-761-8408,

Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Non-Herbicide Approaches to Invasive Plant Management in Wildlands
Sponsor: California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC)
Principal Investigator: Jutta Burger
Amount Requested: $194,765

The proposed project focuses on invasive plants that damage California's wildlands. The Cal-IPC Inventory lists more than 200 plant species that damage ecological values of wildlands in California. Land managers integrate a broad range of chemical and non-herbicide methods to control invasive plants in natural areas. They need science-based information on the effectiveness and risks of the many methods at their disposal, with instructional guidance and strategic decision support. For each method, it is important to know about its particular risks —to other plants, to wildlife (including species that are endangered or at risk), to land managers, and to the public. This project will compile, and host on a University of California website, science-based Best Management Practices for non-herbicide methods to control invasive plants in California’s natural areas. Its intended audience consists of land managers (State and local parks, water districts, open-space preserves, etc.), elected officials, and residents adjacent to the natural areas. This project has many partners who are sharing their expertise and printed resources.

Media contact: Jutta Burger, Principal Investigator, 510-843-1255,

Bed Bug IPM Education to Support Multi-unit Housing
Sponsor: University of California Cooperative Extension – Alameda County
Principal Investigator: Andrew Sutherland
Amount Requested: $59,593

This project will create several new educational resources to increase knowledge about bed bug prevention and management in multi-unit housing. An online training module for tenants, print resources for tenants, in-person training programs for housing managers, and at least one educational presentation for code enforcement officers will be created. The online module will be freely available in English and Spanish and print resources will be distributed to retail point-of-sale environments. Two in-person training programs, one for housing landlords and managers and another for code enforcement officers, will be developed and provided to stakeholders.

Media contact: Andrew Sutherland, Principal Investigator, 510-670-5624,

For content questions, contact:
Jill Townzen
Department of Pesticide Regulation
Pest Management and Licensing Branch
1001 I Street, P.O. Box 4015
Sacramento, CA 95812-4015
Phone: (916) 324-6174
Fax: (916) 324-9006