Integrated Pest Management Program and Pesticide Use

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County, MD manages approximately 29,000 acres of parkland that include a multitude of parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, Community Centers, and many other amenities. The Department is in the process of updating and improving our Integrated Pest Management (IPMs) principles to steward resources and protect them from pests (weeds, insects, animals, and disease) that may harm people or plants, impair function and deteriorate infrastructure. 

Our Reduction Efforts

The result for Spring 2021 is the discontinued use of pesticides in spaces frequented by people and pets, such as playgrounds, dog parks, common areas, courts, and trails unless otherwise authorized with specific guidelines within the Department’s Integrated Pest Management program (IPM). 

In addition, The Department has determined park sites for the pesticide reduction program where no pesticides will be used unless there are public safety concerns involved. 

Throughout our beautiful park system, our Department is committed to eliminating the use of pesticides and or majorly reducing their use. To learn more about pesticide use within our parks visit the Frequently Asked Questions.

Schedule of Upcoming Pesticide Applications