Natural Resources Report NPS/NER/NRR-2006/012
William E. Currie,
P.O. Box 474
of the Interior
This Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan for Fire Island National Seashore (FIIS) provides basic pest management guidelines to help preserve the stored cultural museum resources and park structures, conserve the park grounds, and protect the health and safety of FIIS staff and visitors. As new information and IPM methods will develop over time, this plan should be reviewed and updated periodically.
The Superintendent is responsible for pest management at the park and designates a park IPM Coordinator (Natural Resource Manager) to implement the IPM plan. The IPM Coordinator works with the Facilities Manager, Curator, and others in the implementation of the plan as outlined in NPS-77 (Natural Resources Management Guidelines).
Use of pesticides at FIIS are required to be in accordance with Servicewide policies as found in NPS-77. All pesticides used within the park must be applied by or under the direct supervision of a State of New York certified pesticide applicator. All pesticides used in the park by residents, contractors, special use permittees, agricultural issues, or non-NPS personnel must conform to NPS policies and guidelines, and be approved before use. It is the goal of FIIS in compliance with NPS policy to use low-risk pesticides, if necessary, that will accomplish desired objectives. At the end of each year, the FIIS IPM Coordinator compiles a list of the pesticides applied in the park (on NPS IPM software PUPS) and forwards a copy of that report to the Northeast Regional Support Office.
Descriptions and low-risk pest management methods of museum and other pests potentially present in FIIS structures, displays and landscapes are described. Museum pests, carpet beetles, mice, wasps, silverfish, carpenter ants, mold, rust, and exotic invasive plants are identified by park staff as high concerns. Preventive methods such as exclusion, sanitation, and habitat modification are described, as well as direct actions such as trapping and the use of directed pesticide applications. Inspections and monitoring of pest populations and environmental conditions will determine the extent of pest presence and direct pest management actions.
Information on mosquitoes and their management is included in this plan. However, a long-term Mosquito Management Plan is being jointly developed by Suffolk County, New York and FIIS and will be implemented when the joint plan is finalized. Until then, the FIIS staff will utilize the park's mosquito surveillance and management protocols currently in existence.
The park is concurrently implementing
a collaborative research effort, testing the efficacy of immuno-contraception
in managing deer populations. Although FIIS recognizes the detrimental
effects the deer may be having on the park's natural resources, along
with the Lyme disease threat that they help support, specific management
methods are still research-pending.
Private communities within and adjacent to the Park may plant or harbor exotic invasive plants or animals that adversely affect the Park. Communication and education provided by FIIS may help alleviate the movement of these pest plants and animals into the Park.
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