Lane County, Oregon, Reconsiders Herbicides

Dense stand of phragmites, Great Lakes (greatlakesphragmites.net)

Dense stand of phragmites, Great Lakes (greatlakesphragmites.net)

     Since the 2008 moratorium on herbicide use in embankments and ditches along county-managed roads, new concerns over agricultural have been raised to Lake County officials. Wanting to know more about the economic impact of invasive plants on agriculture, local biodiversity and road-side maintenance, officials are creating a task force to re-evaluate herbicide use in their management techniques. While many oppose herbicide use due to cost alongside environmental and public health issues, others, like Commissioner Jay Bozievich, have other worries, “I’m more concerned about the long-term impact that allowing invasive species to become uncontrolled in our county will have on agriculture.”