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The 1994 IPM Innovators Awards

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The 1994 Awardees are:

The Biologically Integrated Orchard Systems Project (BIOS) provides customized orchard management plans and a comprehensive pest monitoring program for almond growers who want to reduce the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Contact: Michael Spezia, BIOS Program Coordinator, 916/756-8518.

The California Processed Tomato Foundation is a joint organization of growers and processors dealing with environmental and food safety issues. They emphasize grower education about IPM, including seminars and field demonstration plots. Contact: Pam Jones, 415/598-9905.

The East Bay Regional Park District established a public oversight committee on pesticide use; tracks and maps numbers of major pests; and researches alternatives to pesticides for pest control. Contact: Nancy Brownfield, 510/635-0135.

The Fillmore Citrus Protective District organized a nonprofit cooperative in 1926 to rear and release natural enemies on 9000 acres of citrus for some 350 growers. Their efforts have achieved nearly complete control of pests. Contact: Stan Zervas, 805/524-2733.

The Getty Conservation Institute researched and introduced less toxic methods to fumigate museum artifacts, replacing methyl bromide. Contact: Bill Ginell, 310/440-6262.

The Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Commission has brought IPM practices to some 180 grape growers, including use of cover crops and encouraging owls for gopher control. Contact: Cliff Ohmart, 209/367-4727.

The Los Angeles, Fremont, and San Diego City Unified School Districts have all developed and encouraged policies that include inspection, pest identification, record-keeping, assessment of damages, and selection of reduced-risk alternatives. Contact: Fremont-Fred Okal, 510/657-0693; L.A.-Dianne Doi, 213/743-5086 and Bill Hicks, 213/763-2974; San Diego-Ray Palmer, 619/627-7223.

The PACE Turfgrass Institute, a group of 25 golf courses, organized to coordinate and fund research on major pest problems, and to provide technical support for identifying and monitoring turf ` diseases. Contact: Dr. Wendy Gelernter, 619/272-9897.

The Randall Island Regional Management Project organized a region-wide experiment involving five growers and 760 acres of pears, to evaluate alternative controls, such as sex attractants for the codling moth. Contact: Dr. Steve Welter, 510/642-2355.

The San Luis Obispo County Department of Agriculture organized a network of land managers, parks personnel, and local researchers and citizens to release natural enemies of pests, and to spread information on reduced-risk methods. Contact: Brenda Ouwerkerk or Cathy Darling, 805/781-5910.

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