2020 News Releases


GCSAA’s Mark Johnson appointed to EPA Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee ​

by Feb 11, 2020 | Kate Hiebert

Johnson 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.

Established 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 Beekeeping Federation, 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 gcsaa.org.