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Group seeks chemical-free management of parks' wild areas

Written by Matt Paul | Aug 12, 2013 1:30 PM
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(Lancaster) -- A grassroots group is getting into the weeds at Lancaster County's Central Park.

Poison-Free Public Spaces Lancaster wants to show chemical-free ways can help manage wild areas to keep them free of invasive and noxious plants.

The group's Wilson Alvarez is concerned about the effects of pesticides and herbicides.

"They're being used so often -- and so over-used, I really feel -- because it's become so cheap, it's become the economic way of doing business, which I think has really long-term environmental effects that we can't see, but we'll start to see for sure," Alvarez explains.

The volunteer group started after Alvarez noticed yellow plants on a recent run through Central Park. When his family returned the next day, the plants were dead.

Central Park has agreed to let Poison-Free Public Spaces Lancaster maintain a test plot of wild space within the park.

In addition to the test plot, the group is reaching out to other parks -- asking about their chemical policies and encouraging non-toxic alternatives.

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