Integrated Pest Management Program
Purpose and Background
The Alaska IPM program (AK IPM) addresses the public need for pest management education within the state. Offering nonbiased, research-based information, this resource is widely used by residents across the entire state. The AKIPM program has provided educational outreach in Alaska since 1981. This unique program was originally designed to meet the public demand for IPM information and continues to develop in response to public needs and the changing pest trends in Alaska.
- Evaluation and identification of insect, plant and disease specimens (Citizen monitoring portal!)
- Recommendation of IPM control options to reduce pest problems
- Site visits to examine tree disorders and invasive plants in the field
- Online classes and webinars (CEUs available)
Areas of Emphasis
Educational programs focus on teaching the Alaskan public about the systematic IPM approach to problem solving. Clients learn about pest identification, appropriate methods for dealing with pests, and the many benefits of IPM.
Exotic and Imported Pests
This category is essential to assist program partners with the identification and tracking of imported pests and diseases. It also addresses the public demand for information about subjects appearing in the national media, such as the Asian long-horned beetle, and the Asian gypsy moth.
Noxious and Invasive Weeds
Besides providing public outreach on this subject, IPM technicians scout for and map noxious and invasive weeds and provide information on control options. The program cooperates with public and private agencies, assists with noxious and invasive plant identification, and works toward educating landowners and the general public.
Community and Urban Forest Health
Community forest pest topics include the identification of pests and diseases on both native and landscape woody ornamental plants. Information about abiotic conditions, landscape plant material selection, cultural care and hardiness issues are also addressed. IPM technicians also assist USDA Forest Service researchers with insect pest sampling and monitoring projects.
How to Contact the IPM Program
Statewide IPM Coordinator
Casey Matney, Ph.D.
Invasive Plants Instructor
Gino Graziano, Anchorage
Free Potato Scab Testing is being Offered
Have scabby potato tubers in this year's harvest? The Integrated Pest Management Program at UAF in partnership with the Alaska Plant Materials Center is surveilling the most prevalent species of Streptomyces bacteria causing common scab lesions across the state. Send your samples to us and we will get back to you with the testing results. What is common potato scab? (click here for more information)
Send us two or three representative scabby potatoes to:
UAF CES, 43961 K-Beach Rd, Suite A, Soldotna, AK 99669-9728
Wrap potatoes in DRY paper towels or newspaper and place in a small sturdy box (small flat rate box is recommended) to avoid crushing. Please include your name, email, phone number, location, and variety of potato with your sample. If you are in the Kenai area and would rather drop-off your sample, please call Vicki Heinz at 907-262-3442 to make an appointment.
The statewide IPM program is a cooperative effort, combining the resources of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service and the USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, Forest Health Protection. The USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service also provide significant funding. A partnership with the State of Alaska DNR facilitates additional exotic pest monitoring.
Extension manages the daily operation of the program, oversees grants, and provides office space, supervision, training and administrative support. The USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry provides significant financial support for IPM personnel in addition to training and technical assistance from their specialists.
IPM Program Partnerships:
Disclaimer: Federal EPA Regulations declare that the label is the law! Pesticide users are forbidden to use a pesticide in a way contrary to labeling. Please read the pesticide label prior to use. Any use not indicated on the label is prohibited. State and local laws may be more stringent than federal requirements. For pest control work in Alaska, always check with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Pesticide Control Program for updated information on pesticide registration, regulations, and any permits that may be required.