the Washington State University Extension-Whatcom
Project. In contract with Whatcom County, WSU Extension
has committed to bring the fundatmentals of IPM to Whatcom
County pest managing communities. This project is modeled
after the Nooksack
IPM Project. Please bookmark this page and visit regularly
to see our progress. We look forward to your comments.
Craig MacConnell (Principal
University under contract with Whatcom County Cooperative
Extension will develop, produce, and conduct research and
educational efforts that further develop the attitudes, knowledge
and skills necessary for the acceptance and adoption of Integrated
Pest Management (IPM) practices. This project builds on the
successes of the recently completed Nooksack Watershed IPM
Project, which focused on IPM research and education for
raspberry and apple growers. Using the Nooksack IPM Project
as a model, efforts will continue to support IPM in these
crops and will be expanded into other agricultural, as well
as urban settings. It is expected that wide-scale adoption
of practical IPM practices will help protect groundwater
and surface water supplies in the county and protect other
environmental resources including fish and wildlife.
- Continue to support
on-farm research and education to facilitate further IPM
development and implementation for raspberries and apples,
the target crops of the recently completed WSU Whatcom
County Nooksack IPM Project.
- Using the Nooksack
IPM Project as a model, expand IPM efforts into other systems,
which may include community settings (such as city parks
and schools), other berry crops, landscape nursery. New
directions will be selected based upon needs as determined
through the advisory system.
- Develop, produce
and conduct research and educational efforts that further
develop the attitudes, knowledge and skills necessary for
the acceptance and adoption of IPM practices in Whatcom
- Evaluation will
focus on documenting changes in attitudes, skills, and
behavior as well as contribution of resources from cooperators.
Performance measures will also include number of research
and educational efforts conducted and the level of participation
in these efforts.