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Pesticide Use On Easter Lilies

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Drive along the Southern Oregon and Northern California coast, and you'll see a sign proclaiming "Easter Lily Capital of the World." 

The flowers do grow well in the coastal climate, but some of the practices associated with lily cultivation concern nearby residents. 

Those include chemicals used to keep pests off the plants, chemicals not welcome in the nearby Smith River, California's only un-dammed river. 

Siskiyou Land Conservancy works to keep lily cultivation from harming the river or the land.  Greg King of the Conservancy visits the Exchange with the details. 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.