California Department of Pesticide Regulation
For Immediate Release
May 26, 2000 (00-12)
DPR Calls for Nominees for Innovator Awards
SACRAMENTO--General George S. Patton once said that "if a man does
his best, what else is there?"
Well, if that man (or woman) is a resourceful and ingenious
pest manager, the answer is an IPM Innovator Award, which the
Department of Pesticide Regulation presents annually to organizations
and groups that are leaders in finding new, environmentally friendly
and safer ways to control insects, weeds, and other urban and
DPR Director Paul Helliker today issued a call for
nominations for the Department's 2000 IPM Innovator awards.
"Innovation thrives on encouragement," said Helliker, "and is the
spark for the change and progress we want to see in reducing the risk
and use of pesticides."
IPM, or integrated pest management, is an approach that
combines biological, cultural, physical, and chemical tools to
effectively manage pest problems with minimal disruptions to the
environment. Since DPR established the award in 1994, 55 Innovators
have been recognized, ranging from major agricultural producers to
urban community groups. The program encourages cooperative, local
problem-solving and fosters an environment where pesticide users are
willing to try innovative practices. IPM Innovator award criteria
--a history of using biological and cultural pest control
techniques to deal effectively with pests in a particular situation
or pest management system;
--use of pesticides only when necessary to achieve acceptable
levels of control with the least impact on non-target organisms and
the environment; and
--a demonstrated willingness to share technical information
with others, as well as research and development efforts that stress
communication with peer groups.
Individuals may nominate their own organizations or another
group or company as an IPM Innovator. Nominations are due by June 26,
2000 and may be supported with fact sheets, articles, brochures, and
other documentation. The awards ceremony will be held in November.
For information, contact Charles Hunter, Environmental
Monitoring and Pest Management Branch, 830 K Street, Sacramento,
95814-3510; call (916) 324-4264, or e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Online information and nomination forms are available at
One of six boards and departments within the California
Environmental Protection Agency, DPR regulates the use of pesticides
to protect human health and the environment.
Veda Federighi, 916/445-3974
Tobi Jones, 916/445-4300
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