Integrated Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a decision-making model used to prevent and manage pest problems. IPM promotes the use of various management practices (cultural, biological, mechanical, chemical, legal, and genetic) to improve plant health, and to prevent and manage pest infestations. The Town's IPM plan provides strategies and goals for the management and maintenance of weeds, nuisances, pests, and animals within Okotoks. The plan aligns with federal, provincial, and municipal acts, regulations, and bylaws.
As a bee-friendly community, the Town recognizes the importance of pollinators & does not apply insecticides, fungicides, or the pesticide that has been determined to contribute to increased bee mortality. Okotoks also has over 325 hectares of natural areas, including the river valley, that are abundant with species that support pollinators such as buffalo bean, Saskatoon berry, poplar, native willow, aspen & Canada buffaloberry! The Town also has initiatives underway to improve the pollinator habitat like replacing traditional turf with a combination of pollinator- friendly plants & ornamental grasses in many areas including Sheep River Blvd, Crystal Green Dr median, Big Rock Tr median & Veterans Way. As a leader in sustainability, the Town seeks to balance community expectations with environmental impacts & is proactive & innovative in our design, maintenance & management of public lands to maintain a sustainable community.
Learn more about the Town's Bee City commitment