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Posted on: March 17, 2023

Work to manage roadside vegetation starts March 27

Vegetation management work along road shoulders in unincorporated Pierce County will begin this spring, with crews applying herbicides March 27 through June.  

Herbicides are applied to combat weeds and eliminate vegetation from road shoulders. 

Targeted noxious weed and brush control herbicide applications will also be made through late November as needed. Only federal- and state-approved herbicides are used. This work is weather dependent.  

The work is part of Pierce County’s integrated roadside vegetation management program. Crews also mow grass, cut brush, and trim trees along roadsides. 

Properly maintained roadsides are important for the safety of motorists and active transportation users. This annual maintenance work also reduces fire danger, optimizes stormwater drainage, helps control noxious weeds and non-native plants, and promotes native plant growth. 

“Owner Will Maintain” agreements 
Property owners who do not want the roadside vegetation adjacent to their properties sprayed with herbicides or mechanically trimmed can sign an “Owner Will Maintain” agreement with Pierce County.  

Under this agreement, the property owner agrees to maintain the vegetation. If the property owner does not meet the standards detailed in the agreement, the maintenance of the right-of-way reverts to the County.  

The property owner must display a Pierce County-provided sign indicating their participation in the program. 

Residents can call (253) 798-6000 to sign up or renew their agreement. Learn more at  

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Anne Radford, Pierce County public information specialist
[email protected]   

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