Santa Clara Valley and its surrounding hillsides are threatened by pest species that harm our natural lands. Many of these pests are exotic species that are not native to this region and were introduced by people with unintended consequences. Most of these exotic plants and animals affect native species by changing the natural ecosystem or creating fire hazards. Controlling these pest species is one of the ways in which the Authority stewards its lands.
The Authority will use the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) framework to guide how we manage pests, so we can limit the risks and impacts to our preserve visitors, staff, and the lands and facilities we manage. To accomplish this, the Authority developed an IPM Policy and Guidance Manual to guide and inform pest management strategies that are efficient, cost-effective, protect human health and safety, and protect natural resources.