serves as GCSAA’s associate director of environmental programs
Lawrence, Kan. (Feb. 11, 2020)
– Mark Johnson, associate director of
environmental programs for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of
America (GCSAA), has been named to the EPA’s Pesticide Program Dialogue
Committee (PPDC). He will serve on the committee through Dec. 9, 2021.
in 1995, the PPDC is a diverse group of stakeholders chartered under the
Federal Advisory Committee Act to provide feedback to EPA on various pesticide
regulatory, policy and program implementation issues.
The PPDC is comprised of 40 members from environmental and public
interest groups, pesticide manufacturers, trade associations, commodity groups,
public health and academic institutions, tribes, federal and state agencies,
and the general public. Since the committee’s inception, it has provided
feedback about various topics including labeling, registration review,
non-animal testing, outreach, public health and other issues. Other groups
represented on the committee include the American
Center for Biological Diversity, Food
and Drug Administration, Tribal Pesticide Program Council, USDA Office of Pest
Management Policy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency and Weed Science
Society of America.
“Having a voice for the golf industry on the PPDC is a testament
to how our advocacy efforts have raised the profile of superintendents and
their role in the communities they serve,” GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans said. “With
Mark’s four decades of experience in environmental protection and his
dedication to our members, he is an excellent representative of GCSAA.”
Johnson has worked for nearly 40 years in outdoor
recreation, environmental protection, wildlife and natural resource
conservation. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s
degree in systematics and ecology. He joined the GCSAA staff in 2005 and began
his current position in 2013.
He has been instrumental in GCSAA’s Best
Management Practices (BMP) initiative, which is on track to meet its goal of
BMP guidelines for golf courses in all 50 states by the end of 2020. Currently
32 states have published their guidelines, with the rest on a course to finish
by the end of the year.
To learn more about GCSAA’s environmental programs, visit