Roadside herbicide applications start Monday
Starting Monday and continuing through June, Pierce County roadsides will be targeted with herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders. Additional targeted noxious weed and brush control applications will occur through the end of November as needed. Only federal and state-approved herbicides are used.
Pierce County road crews will also mow, cut brush, and trim trees during the spring and summer. The work, which will be carried out weather permitting, is part of Pierce County’s integrated roadside vegetation management program.
Annual maintenance reduces fire danger, optimizes storm water 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. The owner must display a Pierce County-provided sign indicating their participation in the program prior to the application of herbicides.
If the property owner does not meet the standards detailed in the agreement, the maintenance of the right-of-way reverts to the county.
Renewals and initial sign-ups will be completed by mail only and must be completed by April 30. Participants should call (253) 798-6000 to get started.
Learn more at www.piercecountywa.gov/ownermaintain.