The Boise Parks and Recreation Department manages more than 1,600 acres of park land, and more than 5,000 acres of open space across the City of Boise. To promote sustainable practices and stay on the cutting edge of public land management, the department is planning to embark on a multi-year pilot program to study alternative land management techniques to reduce the use of pesticides on city-owned property.
“We believe we can continue to move the needle in reducing the amount of pesticides we use,” said Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway. “We are committed to innovating and trying new things and want to use this program to gather useful data on park maintenance strategies that can inform the next update to our pest management plan city-wide.”
The goal of the pilot program is to use a variety of methods to manage grass, soil, tree wells and other landscaped areas while studying the effects of a reduction in synthetic chemical use. Methods tested on city-managed property could include organic treatments, higher and less frequent mowing, hand pulling, strategic planting or other best practices identified through emerging research. The city will also be monitoring how these methods affect maintenance standards and resource management.