policy requires that all parks use Integrated Pest Management
(IPM) to address pest issues. A pest is any organism that
is threatening or damaging cultural resources, natural resources
or visitors and staff. IPM is a decision-making process that
coordinates knowledge of pest biology, the environment, and
available technology to prevent unacceptable levels of pest
damage while reducing risks to people and the environment.
The National Capital Region IPM Program provides coordination
and technical assistance to the Region's parks. The Program
Coordinator helps to prevent and control exotic insects, plants,
diseases and other organisms that threaten natural and cultural
resources or pose a health threat to visitors and staff.