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Spring Brownout: Adair's County's roadsides under attack

An irony of today: The huge economic development with Trail Towns initiative, is unevenly off set by Fiscal Court, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet actions as official Economic Decline Authorities with attack on environment with poisons and what Wendy Burt calls "tree mutilators." She's spot on with this commentary. Unfortunately, she may not win the battle. But she is fighting back against the Uglification efforts by the government. That's our stand. She's outlining even graver impacts of a bee die off, and threats to our treasured Adair County Wildlife.
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By Wendy Butler Burt

Adair County's roadsides and hedgerows now are in the full flush of Summer growth. This roadside tangle hosts honeybees, native pollinators, box turtles, and lots of birds, including Brown Thrashers, Song Sparrows, Indigo Buntings, Cardinals, and others.

I want the roadside tangle that runs through our property to remain just the way it is -- no cutting (as with the "bush hog on a boom" or, as we call it, the "roadside tree mutilator") and certainly no spraying. We keep bees. We also have enrolled our land in various USDA land and water conservation programs. Therefore, we do not want road crews using herbicides on the road that runs through our land. To make that clear to anyone driving down the road, we've put up a "No Spraying" sign at our property's border. Since the county recently purchased a spray rig and presumably will start using it soon, people who feel the way we do might consider doing the same. - Wendy Butler Burt

This story was posted on 2015-05-30 08:42:05
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Sign requests No Uglifying, Bee Killing poison here

2015-05-30 - Adair County District 3, South Adair Co., KY - Photo By Wendy Burt.
Wendy Burt, who would love to keep bees, and is an ardent proponent of preserving the environment and fostering genuine Economic Development, has posted this sign along her roadway. We hope to post information for obtaining the signs soon. - CM

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