I believe the worst thing about noxious weeds is that they tend to attract large doses of herbicides. Thanks to recent action taken by the Ketchum City Council, parks and sport fields managed by the city will be, for the most part, free of toxic chemical applications. This is a big step in the right direction and I applaud the council for formally adopting a policy that will make our public areas safer and more user friendly.
Thank you, also, to Jen Smith, director of the Ketchum Parks and Recreation Department, who has for many years understood the ramifications of herbicide use and has been a strong advocate for using alternative and organic measures to control noxious weeds.
I also am grateful to Kathryn Goldman, campaign director of the recently formed Pesticide Action Network of Blaine County and encourage all health-minded residents to support this organization's efforts to curtail the use of toxic chemicals throughout the county.
Happy Earth Day 2011!