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Use of pesticides, including but not limited to herbicides, insecticides and growth retardants, shall be eliminated by the City except as provided in this chapter.

A. Mechanical and cultural methods shall be utilized whenever practical for control of noxious vegetation and pests. Practicality shall be determined by an Oregon Certified Pesticide Applicator and the respective department head or the department head’s designee. Worker safety and terrain shall be among the factors considered in this judgment.

B. When mechanical and cultural methods are not practical, only the safest, lowest toxicity products available shall be used. No “restricted use” pesticides shall be used.

C. Primarily, species which do not require high inputs of herbicide shall be used in landscaping.

D. City staff shall monitor noxious vegetation and pest populations and rely on biological control when appropriate and effective.