How Are You Going to Kill Weeds in Parks Without Glyphosate?
Includes a Live Event on 02/13/2020 at 2:00 PM (EST)
The use of the most commonly used weed-killer in the world, glyphosate, which is found in the product Roundup, is likely to soon be banned in your community and in your park system. Although EPA declared the pesticide safe in 2019, the controversy over the safety of glyphosate rages, fueled by a growing body of evidence regarding the negative effects on human health and the environment. Cities and counties are already taking action to ban the use of glyphosate in public places, leaving park and rec agencies few alternatives to halt the spread of invasive species and control aggressive weeds in park landscapes. What will your agency do to control weeds in your parks when this herbicide is banned? Learn about possible alternatives that are safer and less toxic and which the public will support even if your park landscape areas have a lot more weeds than you ever thought they would have before.
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Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, National Recreation and Park Association
Richard J. Dolesh joined NRPA in 2002 and serves as the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. He is responsible for development and implementation of national policy and initiatives related to conservation, stewardship and parks.
Rich worked 30 years in parks, outdoor recreation, and natural resource management at the local and state level in Maryland before coming to NRPA. His recent work includes leading NRPA's Parks Build Community initiative, coordinating the Parks for Mitigation demonstration projects, and working with the National Wildlife Federation to connect 10 million kids to nature and the outdoors over the next three years. Rich represents NRPA on a number of coalitions and advisory groups including the Sustainable Urban Forestry Coalition, the steering committee for Natural Play and Learning Area guidelines, and the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES).
Rich is a frequent contributor to NRPA's Parks and Recreation Magazine, and has written numerous articles on parks and natural resources in publications including The Washington Post and National Geographic Magazine.