The City of Seattle has committed to reducing the use of herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides in all City landscapes. The goals of the pesticide reduction program are to eliminate the use of the most potentially hazardous herbicides and insecticides and to continuously seek strategies to reduce overall pesticide use.
Together, 6 City departments manage over 110,000 acres of public land, of which 12,000 acres are highly developed and managed grounds including greenhouses, specialty gardens, roadsides and medians, golf courses, and hundreds of miles of electrical transmission right-of-way, plus over 1700 acres of greenbelts, open spaces and urban forest lands.
In response to national concerns about pollinators, on September, 2014, The City passed Resolution 31548, Banning the Use of neonicotinoid insecticides on City properties and on May 18, 2015, the city became a Bee City, U.S.A., institutionalizing the commitment to collaborate with the community on establishing and maintaining healthy pollinator habitats within Seattle.
For more information see the Bee City Seattle pages of our Bee City partner, The Common Acre: Bee City Seattle.
Seattle Parks and Recreation has been maintaining 14 parks without the use of any pesticides since 2001. The program is expanded to include eight more parks and about 25 more acres, for a total of 22 parks and about 50 acres.
Pesticide-free Parks are distributed geographically throughout the city and provide citizens an opportunity to use these facilities with the knowledge that no pesticides are used. Parks and Recreation staff are using this program to adapt sustainable maintenance practices and design guidelines that can be widely used in park landscapes.
For more information about Citywide Pesticide Use Reduction Strategy and Pilot Project Information in Seattle, contact the Office of Sustainability and Environment at 206-615-0817 and visit the Pesticide Reduction Website.