Organic Park Lands Management


New Panel Session!

Advocates and government agencies are seeking ways to move toward more organic management practices for park lands and public spaces. But implementation of a seemingly simple idea of restricting pesticides and herbicides is riddled with challenges ranging from replacing long-standing management practices and product use, to educating staff and contractors, budgeting, and addressing the sheer size of publicly owned lands – which range from playgrounds and well-manicured urban pocket parks to ballfields, urban forests and other natural landscapes. Join this conversation to hear about efforts underway in multiple cities to move the needle on this aspect of the sustainability of public land in a sustainable way. 


  • Learn about the challenges of organic management for urban park lands
  • Understand practical best practices for restricting the use of pesticides and herbicides for parkland management
  • Learn the state of the practice for organic parkland management and how to implement in your city's parks


Julie Snell

Principal, TEND landscape architects

AeLin Compton

Environmental Restoration Crew Chief, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

Keelin Caldwell

Director of Programs and Community Engagement, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

Todd Burley

Sustainability Advisor, City of Seattle Parks and Recreation