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Weigh in on the county's roadside policy on plants

McMINNVILLE — The Yamhill County Public Works Department, working with a technical advisory committee, has updated the county’s Roadside Vegetation Plan and is seeking the public’s assistance in reviewing the document and providing comment.

The purpose of the project, according to a release from the department, was to bring together community members, technical experts and public works administrators to develop policies and best management practices for managing vegetation along county right-of-ways.

The advisory committee considered a number of public policy issues, including: driver safety, control of noxious weeds and invasive plants, protecting threatened and endangered species, promoting native plants, protecting water quality, providing a mechanism for private maintenance of county roadsides, and fostering transparency and communication of these policies and practices.

As a result, two documents were formulated and are now ready for public review: They include the Yamhill County Roadside Vegetation Management Plan and a technical supporting document. The document identifies the invasive and noxious weeds of concern and provides information on control methods and the various herbicides approved for roadside application. The document is being reviewed by additional outside experts for accuracy and completeness, the release said.

“The plan and its technical supporting document reaffirm the need to engage the public with easily accessible and understandable information, and to implement an open and transparent vegetation management program,” the release stated.

The public may access these documents for review by visiting the public works website at http://www.co.yamhill.or.us/ public-works, emailing Catherine Lindberg at lindbergc@co. yamhill.or.us of visiting the public works department office at 2060 Lafayette Ave. Comments and suggestions, which must be received by Oct. 23, may be submitted via email to Lindberg or by mail at the above address and to Lindberg’s attention.

The committee will review and consider comments in its development of the final draft, which will be recommended to the Yamhill County Road Improvement Advisory Committee and the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners for adoption.


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