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Boise Takes Aim At Pesticides In Parks

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Esther Simplot Park in Boise.

 

As spring weather in parts of Idaho begins to make an appearance, you might be daydreaming about warm gatherings with friends and family on a green patch of grass in a local park. In Boise, Parks and Recreation officials are already planning for the busy spring and summer months by taking a new strategy to maintain those green spaces.  

Pesticides are one tool the department has used to control weeds and invasive species. But this year, the city is embarking on a multi-year pilot project to reduce the application of these products. 

Of course, Boise is not the first city in the West to take aim at pesticides. Boulder, Colorado is one community that's been working on this problem for the last two decades. John Cogdill and Rella Abernathy of Boulder's Parks and Recreation Department join Idaho Matters along with Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway to talk about the challenges and opportunities that come with minimizing pesticides. 

 

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Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!