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Letter: No Spraying signs worth the cost and effort

By Wendy Butler Burt
Melson Ridge

I read with great sympathy Marie Freeman's article about the indiscriminate pesticide spraying on her Independence Ridge roadside. It is my experience that both the county and the state road crews' wholesale use of roadside herbicides is careless and often unnecessary. (And don't get me started on their overly enthusiastic use of "roadside tree mutilators" to shred trees & shrubs.) And, in some cases, particularly near waterways, the road crew's spraying is contrary to use/label directions for the herbicides being applied. In other words, the way the hericide is being used is against federal law. This also applies to how the chemical is being used in windy weather.

I, too, am an organic gardener, avid birder, and my husband maintains several beehives -- all activities that stand to be damaged or destroyed by the use of roadside herbicide applications. Our property is at the end of a county road and we have posted a "no spraying" sign for years. The sign has been respected by the county road crews and my magistrate knows well how strongly I feel about the use of pesticides on our roadways.

As long as road crews in Adair County ascribe to wholesale use of dangerous roadside chemicals, homeowners need to protect their property by erecting "no spraying" signs -- the cost and effort is worth it to protect your gardens, your ornamental plants, and your wildlife.

This story was posted on 2022-07-21 16:07:07
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