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About Us

The Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) is Maine's lead agency for pesticide oversight. The BPC is attached to the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry for administrative and staffing purposes. Policy decisions are made by a seven-member, public board.

The BPC:

The Board

Maine statute, Title 22, Section 1471-B(1), specifies the composition of the BPC: the members of the public board must include three persons knowledgeable about pesticides in agriculture, forestry or commercial applications. One person must have a medical background and another must hold a faculty position at the University of Maine with expertise in integrated pest management. The two remaining members are chosen to represent the public and must come from different geographic areas of the state. All members are nominated by the Governor and approved by the Legislature. Members serve for alternating four-year terms and are eligible for re-nomination. Current members:

  • Curtis C. Bohlen, director, Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, Portland (public member)
  • Carol A. Eckert, MD, physician, Sheepscot Valley Medical Center, Coopers Mills (medical expertise)
  • Bruce V. Flewelling, potato grower, Easton (agricultural expertise)
  • Clark A. Granger, consulting forester, Woolwich (forestry expertise)
  • John M. Jemison, Jr., water quality and soil specialist, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Orono (water quality and soil specialist)
  • Deven Morrill, licensed arborist, Lucas Tree Experts, Portland (public member)
  • Richard E. Stevenson, Jr., commercial applicator, Modern Pest Services, Brunswick (commercial applicator expertise)

Board members may be contacted through the BPC office.

 

Board of Pesticides Control Staff

NAME TITLE ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT/GET HELP WITH E-MAIL

Henry Jennings

Director

  • General information
  • Board meetings
  • Rulemaking/Legislation
  • Obsolete pesticides
  • Pesticide Notification Registry

henry.jennings@maine.gov

Raymond Connors

Manager of Compliance

  • Complaints/Incidents
  • Enforcement
  • Pesticide disposal

raymond.g.connors@maine.gov

Gary Fish

Manager of Pesticide Programs

  • Licensing
  • Recertification classes
  • Exams
  • Pesticide use
  • Lawn/Landscape
  • Golf course/Athletic fields
  • School IPM
  • Forestry
  • Invasive species
  • YardScaping
  • Aborists
  • Federal grants

gary.fish@maine.gov

Lebelle Hicks

Toxicologist

  • Pesticide risks and human health
  • Environmental impacts
  • Technical information on pesticides
  • Poison control

    (IMPORTANT: If you or someone else has been exposed to a pesticide, call the Poison Center immediately at 1-800-222-1222.)

  • Food safety

lebelle.hicks@maine.gov

Mary Tomlinson

Registrar/Water Quality Specialist

  • Pesticide registrations
  • Emergency Registration (Section 18)
  • Special Local Needs Registration (Section 24c)
  • Experimental Use Permits (EUP)
  • Limited Use Permits
  • Water quality
  • Endangered species
  • Bats

mary.e.tomlinson@maine.gov

Anne Chamberlain

Pesticide Safety Educator

  • Variances
  • Got Pests? website
  • BPC website
  • Mapping/GIS

anne.chamberlain@maine.gov

Megan Patterson

Inspector, Midcoast

  • Pesticide inspections
  • Compliance assistance
  • Pesticide container recycling program (agricultural)

megan.l.patterson@maine.gov

Eugene Meserve

Inspector, Southwest

  • Pesticide inspections
  • Compliance assistance

pesticides@maine.gov

Heidi Nelson

Inspector, Downeast

  • Pesticide inspections
  • Compliance assistance

pesticides@maine.gov

John Haley

Inspector, Aroostook

  • Pesticide inspections
  • Compliance assistance

pesticides@maine.gov

vacant

Inspector, Central Maine

  • Pesticide inspections
  • Compliance assistance

pesticides@maine.gov

Peggy Lamb

Office Manager

  • General information
  • Licensing information
  • Applicator licenses
  • Recertification credits
  • Exam scheduling
  • Accounts
  • Obsolete pesticides
  • Trainer handling videos
  • Law/Label interpretation

peggy.lamb@maine.gov

Jan Betts

Licensing Clerk

  • Applicator/Dealer licenses
  • Licensing information
  • Recertification credits
  • Exam scheduling
  • Sales and use data
  • EPA grants

jan.betts@maine.gov

 

Contact Us

MAILING ADDRESS: 28 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0028
PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 90 Blossom Lane, AMHI Campus, Deering Bldg., Rm 333, Augusta, ME
DRIVING DIRECTIONS & MAPS
AUGUSTA: 207-287-2731
FAX: 207-287-7548
TDD: 207-287-4470

email: pesticides@maine.gov