Forest Pests Pesticide Use | Maryland Approval #MDAInt747

Instructor: Sarah Racine

This course explains how to control pests within forest environments safely. It’s completely online and approved by the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Here is an overview of what you’ll learn.

First, you’ll learn about the required safety measures and risks associated with every stage of the pesticide-mixing process. Then, you'll become familiar with how to use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies and methods to prevent pesticides from contaminating water sources. There is also a discussion about the environmental fate of pesticides.

Take a deep dive into pesticide use with lessons about forestry herbicide types, managing forest vegetation, preventing pesticide resistance, and modes of action.

Then, you’ll review the precautions necessary during and after the various methods of fumigating greenhouse plants. Environmental concerns within greenhouses, such as exposure and protective measures, are also discussed.

Lastly, learn how to manage pesticide waste with lessons focusing on disposal, spill cleanup, and hazardous waste.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the risks and safety measures related to mixing pesticides.
  • Describe ways of protecting water sources with IPM strategies.
  • Explain why IPM is a successful practice and understand the strategies needed for a successful program.
  • Summarize diverse tactics used to manage herbicide resistance.
  • Discuss the goals and modes of action for forest herbicides.
  • Identify practices for vegetation management.
  • Describe safety concerns and methods of fumigation in greenhouses.
  • Summarize health and environmental concerns in greenhouses.
  • Communicate methods of managing pesticide waste.