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NAVFAC Applied Biology Newsletter Winter2010


									              NAVFAC Applied Biology Newsletter
                       Winter 2010

NAVFAC Applied Biology Website
News and information about upcoming events. (Requires
CAC-enabled login, or request a SSO account). AFPMB page: AFPMB -
NAVFAC Applied Biology

Upcoming Events and Courses

DoD Pesticide Applicator and QAE/PAR/IPMC Recertification Courses:
   23-26 March 2010. Virginia Beach, VA. Contact: Sabra Scheffel

Initial training course for PAR/QAE/IPMCs:
      10-14 May 2010. Virginia Beach, VA. Contact: Sabra Scheffel

Registration: (use pull-down menu
to access Courses > E-Registration > Environmental Compliance)

Initial DoD pesticide applicator certification
      September and March. Jacksonville, FL. Contact: David Wolfert 904-542-
      22 Feb – 12 Mar 2010. Pearl Harbor, HI. Contact: William Tozier 619-

DOD Pest Management Workshop, Feb 8-12 2010, NAS Jacksonville, FL.

Information on DoD Pest Management Courses is available at

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MSMA Phase Out

MSMA is a popular and widely used herbicide because it is effective against
several difficult to control weeds in established turf, and is available at a relatively
low cost. It is in a chemical class known as the organic arsenicals, which convert
to the more toxic inorganic arsenic over time in soil. Run off from treated soil
containing arsenic may then enter drinking water supplies.

In order to better protect drinking water supplies, and to promote the transition to
lower risk herbicides, the EPA cancelled most uses of MSMA and other organic
arsenicals in 2009. Use on golf courses and right-of-ways will be phased out
over the next three years. On Navy property, it is most commonly used on golf
courses. If you are using MSMA, you should stop buying it and transition to other
herbicides as you deplete your stock. Contractors should no longer be allowed
to use MSMA on base.

For more information, see

Invasive Species makes new sport possible

The Asian carp population in the Illinois River has exploded, and due in part to
their habit of jumping from the water when boats approach, the fish are a real
hazard. But now, they are also a new sport that Chris Brackett, of Brackett
Outdoors, in Mapleton, IL has coined "extreme aerial bowfishing". He has
perfected a method of shooting leaping fish with a bow from a high-speed boat,
and the sport is catching on. The size and number of carp that can take to the air
is astounding, but it's
not all fun and games;
many end up in the
boat, or collide with
shooters onboard.
During a recent DVD
shoot, one woman was
hit in the face with a
flying carp, breaking
her jaw. (Excerpted
from Field and Stream,
August 21. Photos by
Bill Conway,).

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Other News

Misuse of pesticides contributes to North Carolina infant’s death

Newly discovered species of huge spider is endangered

Home improvement store fined over sales of restricted pesticide

FDA seizes over $1 million of food from rodent-infested commercial food
processor and warehouse in Tennessee

Honey bees can be trained to recognize faces

Useful Links
NAVFAC Applied Biology Center – Our site on the NAVFAC Portal

AFPMB – Armed Forces Pest Management Board homepage

NPIC – National Pesticide Information Center

CDMS – CDMS Label/MSDS searchable database

NPIRS – National Pesticide Information Retrieval System

PCT Online – Pest Control Technology Online magazine

Army Pest Management Timely Topics

National Pest Management Association

Naval Safety Center

Bulletins Live! Pesticide Use Limitations for endangered species protection

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Applied Biology Team Members and regional POCs

Karen Wilson 757-322-4817 Acting Program Manager

Sherrie Bartku 757-322-4796 Section Head

Steven Holmes 757-322-8295 Midwest and Marine Corps

Jack Markham 757-322-4882 MidLant

Mike Medina 619-532-1157 Southwest and Northwest

Kirk Williams 757-322-4254 Southeast

Sabra Scheffel 757-322-4320

Denise Thomas 757-322-4459


Stephan Lee 808-472-1384

Cory Campora 808-472-1408

Akira Masui 011-81-46-816-7720 Japan and Okinawa

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NAVFAC Applied Biology Products and Services

Pest Management
       Provide technical assistance to troubleshoot and solve pest problems.
       Conduct required pest management program reviews to ensure effectiveness, efficiency
        and safety of the program.
       Provide guidance in structure and landscape design and construction to prevent pest
       Conduct extended on-site consults (reimbursable).

Pesticide Compliance
       Prepare integrated pest management plans (reimbursable).
       Prepare pest control contracts (reimbursable).
       Review installation integrated pest management plan (IPMP).
       Review pest control and construction contract specifications, agriculture and PPV
        housing lease agreements, natural resources contracts, and other documents involving
        pest management.
       Approve pesticides for use on installations.
       Support pesticide compliance programs.
       Manage pest management record keeping and reporting.

       Provide pest management training to recertify pesticide applicators and train pest
        management coordinators and pest control contract Quality Assurance Evaluator (QAE) /
        Performance Assessment Representatives (PAR) and others involved in pest
       Provide non-FIFRA initial certification and FIFRA/non-FIFRA recertification for OCONUS
        activities (reimbursable).

       Support for Marine Corps and other services (reimbursable).

               The editorial content of this newsletter has been reviewed and
                            approved by the Public Affairs Office.

    This internal newsletter is an authorized NAVFAC publication. Its contents do not
necessarily reflect the official views of the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense or
                   the U.S. Navy, and do not imply endorsement thereof.

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