Biosecurity & Invasive Species Initiative Resource: The Western Integrated Pest Management Center

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an ecosystem-based strategy that seeks to control the spread of invasive species through biological control, habitat manipulation, and modification of cultural practices.

The Western Integrated Pest Management Center annually awards about $250,000 in grants to fund new IPM research, planning and outreach in the West through signature programs, and educates regulators and policymakers about the West’s specific pest management needs and priorities.

Funded projects have included the testing of drones to image and map pest issues in berry crops in the Pacific Northwest and an examination of the costs and benefits of integrating herbicide use and grazing to manage medusahead in California.

The Western IPM Center produces special reports, newsletters, videos, photo essays, annual reports, fliers and public communications resources, all of which are available online. The Center also offers state-by-state project summaries and research that can benefit crops, natural areas and communities.

The Western Governors’ Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative highlighted the work of Western Governors to confront the challenge of nuisance species, pests, and pathogens on western ecosystems. Part of the Initiative's work was to convene experts, and identify case studies, best practices, and other resources to advance that mission. Learn more on the Initiative’s Resources Page.

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