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City Discusses Pesticides Use in Parks

EUGENE, Ore. — The city council is discussing ways to keep harmful pesticide usage in parks to a minimum.

The council reviewed its integrated pest management program. The city currently has eight parks that are pesticide free, but sprays some parks to help get rid of invasive species.

“It’s had no unsustainable impact on us, on park operations, so it’s been a good program for us; there’s sort of a growing interest in the programs,” said Kevin Finney, Eugene Parks and Open Spaces.

The council discussed stopping the spray of a certain chemical, which some argue is harmful at golf courses and downtown planters.

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