Panel Presentation

Topic: Growing Healthy Landscapes – Case Studies for More Sustainable Land Care Practices

Date & Time: March 29, 2:30pm 

Did you know Portland and South Portland have banned the use of pesticides on public and private property? Come learn about the two City ordinances and how to care for your property without the use of pesticides, including how to use BayScaping and YardScaping practices to help your garden flourish.

Speakers:

Troy Moon – Sustainability Coordinator, City of Portland
thm@portlandmaine.gov

Fred Dillon – Stormwater Coordinator, City of South Portland
fdillon@southportland.org

Mary Cerullo – Associate Director, Friends of Casco Bay
mcerullo@cascobay.org

Ali Clift – Education & Outreach Coordinator, Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District
aclift@cumberlandswcd.org

Justin Nichols – Licensed Applicator
justinnichols@yahoo.com

To kick off the talk, Troy Moon and Fred Dillon will be presenting on the pesticide ordinance basics. Troy is Portland’s Sustainability Coordinator and has been highly involved in the City’s ordinance from inception to implementation. He started his career with the City in 1997 and has worked to implement many initiatives – always with an eye toward making Portland more sustainable. Fred has been South Portland’s Stormwater Program Coordinator since 2009 and has a long history of working to protect water resources. Fred holds a graduate degree in environmental planning at USM’s Muskie School of Public Service and managed dozens of watershed restoration projects while employed at environmental consulting firm FB Environmental.

About the Speakers:
The Cities of Portland and South Portland are teaming up with the Friends of Casco Bay and Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District to give you a comprehensive overview of the Cities’ pesticide ordinances and alternative land care practices that don’t require the use of synthetic pesticides.

Part two of the presentation includes Mary Cerullo from the Friends of Casco Bay and Ali Clift from Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District presenting on the alternative land care practices BayScaping and YardScaping. Mary is the associate director at the Friends of Casco Bay. She is responsible for publications, public relations, and educational outreach, including BayScaping, an education program on environmentally-friendly lawn care. Ali is the Education & Outreach Coordinator for Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District and holds degrees Marine Science and Environmental Studies from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. Her outreach efforts include educating people on YardScaping — the District’s healthy lawn care education program. BayScaping and YardScaping land care practices utilize alternative methods to pesticides to keep your yard lush and healthy while keeping harmful pesticides out of our waterways. Mary and Ali will be sharing their tips and tricks for maintaining a vibrant yard year after year without the use of pesticides.

Next, Justin Nicols, who is a licensed applicator and who has been gardening professionally for 30 years, will talk about his experiences in the field. His areas of focus are environmentally sound gardening and native plantings and he has worked on public parks, at a private estate, for a nursery, and for botanical gardens. Justin currently runs his own landscaping business based in the Portland area and will bring a vital perspective on how these ordinances affect applicators in the field.

As a final part of our presentation, we’ll have a panel discussion with Troy, Fred, Mary, Ali, and Justin to give you the opportunity to ask these land care professionals all your lawn and garden questions and to get more information on the pesticide ordinances. This talk will be chock-full of interesting and helpful content and we hope to see you there!