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Parks, Recreation, & Culture » healthy landscapes, healthy living

A Leadership Role

Kamloops continues to be a leader of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM is a decision making process that involves a balanced approach to managing weed insect and other pest problems.

In its practice of IPM, the City does use chemical pesticides, but only as a last resort, after going through all other steps in the process. It has been a part of policy for some time that all those employed by the City that apply pesticides have valid Pesticide Applicator Certification.

In 2001, a citywide Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Master Plan was adopted for Kamloops. The Master Plan lays out a strategy for responsible pest management in public and private green spaces.

The plan focuses on two major areas:

  • IPM leadership within the Parks Division by using a progressive turf management program and by reducing pesticide use on public lands (no pesticide use on Tot Lots since mid 1990's)
  • IPM public education

In March 2006, the City formed a pesticide use committee to research pesticide by-laws and alternatives to pesticide control using chemicals. The objective of the committee was to provide recommendations to Council on future direction the City may take with regards to pesticide use. The committee represented various groups and agencies within the community.

In 2008 the City launched the healthy landscapes, healthy living education campaign.

In March 15, 2010 the Pesticide Use Control By-law went into effect.

In its ongoing effort to reduce pesticide use in Kamloops, the City continues to offer education and support to residents by means of the healthy landscapes, healthy living education campaign.

Karla Hoffman, Integrated Pest Management Coordinator
955 Concordia Way
Kamloops, BC V2C 6V3
ph (250) 828-3888

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