Some Williams Residents Against Herbicide Use

, Posted: Sat, June 8 2013 at 11:58 PM, Updated: Sun, June 9 2013 at 12:09 AM

Residents in one Southern Oregon community are stepping forward, and trying to come up with an alternative to maintain vegetation near roadways.

The plan? To maintain the weeds and plants along Murphy-Williams highway themselves.

Saturday morning in Williams, a group of about 20 volunteers came out with tractors, mowers and weed whackers to help cut down weeds.

The county typically sprays herbicides to maintain plants, but the group believes herbicides are a public health issue.

Carol Heywood, who is a part of the Williams Citizens Advisory Committee said the group plans to meet with Josephine County commissioners on Tuesday and discuss a plan for maintaining the roads themselves.

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