Mary C. Owen earned BS and MS degrees in Plant and Soil Sciences from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As Extension Turf Specialist for the University of Massachusetts, Mary directs the Turf Extension program toward its goal of helping industry professionals, businesses, organizations and municipalities meet the challenges posed by the management of turf in urban, suburban and rural environments. She engages the turf industry and greater community in collaborative projects with the University of Massachusetts, addressing issues of high concern. By providing scientifically sound information on the implementation of best management practices, the adoption of integrated pest management systems, and the protection of water and other environmental resources, Mary brings the teaching and research expertise of the University to bear in the solution of problems faced by turf managers and communities alike. Mary is a founding member of the New England Sports Turf Managers Association and works closely with the sports turf industry on statewide, regional and national levels.