RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C, -- BASF Professional Vegetation Management has announced an annual awards program designed to honor the highest quality vegetation management projects.

The Quality Vegetation Management(TM) Project Habitat(TM) Awards will be given to land management projects and will recognize land managers, owners and partners who assisted in the vegetation management projects.

Awards for projects managed during calendar year 2006 will be presented at an awards banquet in early 2007. Winners will receive prizes and have access to marketing support to promote their project within the local community and to the media.

During 2006, land managers and owners should develop new projects (or use existing plots) that can be nominated for awards later in the year. Projects must be designed in one of 16 categories/subcategories, including Utility, Forestry, Aquatic, Roadside, Invasive Weed Management and Specialty vegetation management categories. Click here for a full list of categories.

Projects require participation by a QVM Certified Applicator or can be self-applied. To find a QVM Certified Applicator in your area, contact your local BASF sales specialist.

Those managing projects or interested in the program will be able to sign up for e-mails that will provide tips and tricks on managing an award-winning project.

Nominations in Fall 2006

A call for entries will be released in the fall of 2006. Each project must be nominated in the category/subcategory it most closely matches. There is no cost to enter projects in the awards program.

Entries will be judged on specific criteria including descriptions of the problem, solution, results and evaluation, and the use of a QVM Certified Applicator and other partners.

"So many land managers and owners are doing incredible work in vegetation management," said Tim Knight, business manager for the BASF ProVM group. "We want to help these people share their vegetation management projects and successes with each other, and reward those projects that showcase the very best in Quality Vegetation Management practices."

For more information on the QVM Project Habitat Awards, to request an informational brochure on the awards program, to sign up for the QVM Project Habitat Awards e-newsletter or for other resources, visit or contact your BASF ProVM sales rep.

With sales of EUR 3,354 million in 2004, BASF's Agricultural Products division is a leader in crop protection and a strong partner to the farming industry, providing fungicides, insecticides and herbicides. Other uses of these products include public health, structural/urban pest control, turf and ornamental plants.

Project Habitat and Quality Vegetation Management are trademarks of BASF.

SOURCE: BASF Professional Vegetation Management via Business Wire.