This year is the year of wild parsnip that induces "burns" from contact and then exposure to sunlight. I have been talking with our Township about cutting them along our roadsides before they set seeds. But I am told that because of the lack of funding, they are cutting back on roadside mowing, probably to just once a year late in summer. That is absolutely useless in my opinion. I pointed out to them that the purpose of mowing roadsides is to keep the invasive and damaging weeds from spreading. They shrugged their shoulders. My farm is mostly pasture that I rent out each summer for beef cattle. Fighting invasive plants such as thistles, autumn olive and multi-flora rose is almost a year 'round activity. I do NOT want to fight wild parsnip as well. This year wild parsnip is blanketing the sides of roads and well beyond the effective mowing stage. At this point, mowing will just serve to spread seed. I was also told that "environmental groups" want the roadsides to be left alone as cover for bunnies, fawns and other small animals as well as native plants. I consider myself to be aware of the environment and environmental practices but leaving invasive and harmful plants to grow on the roadsides?