Curry County residents sprayed by herbicide sue challenging constitutionality of Oregon’s right-to-forest law

By Rob Davis | rdavis@oregonian.com  Curry County residents who were sprayed by a helicopter carrying herbicides meant for timberland last year are headed to court. Seventeen residents of Cedar Valley, north of Gold Beach, have filed suit challenging the constitutionality of parts of Oregon’s right-to-farm and right-to-forest laws, which they say prevent them from seeking legal […]

Curry County herbicide spray helicopter pilot fined $10,000, loses license for a year

By Rob Davis | rdavis@oregonian.com  A helicopter pilot who flew over Curry County residents last October and sprayed them with herbicides meant for timberland will have his spraying license revoked for a year and be fined $10,000, the maximum allowed by law, the Oregon Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday. It’s the longest license revocation in the […]

Homeowners don’t need free access to toxic pesticides: Guest Opinion

By Lisa Arkin February 09, 2014 Oregonian In one of its “Agenda 2014” editorials, The Oregonian urges readers to pay attention to upcoming statewide issues that may affect personal freedoms. The editorial dodged the two most important issues when it comes to discussing freedoms: the need for all of us to become better informed, and […]

Homeowners don’t need free access to toxic pesticides: Oregonian Guest Opinion

  Tigard resident Kent Addleman speaks at a memorial for thousands of bees killed when trees in a Wilsonville Target parking lot were sprayed improperly with the insecticide Safari in June. (Molly J. Smith/The Oregonian) By Guest Columnist By Lisa Arkin In one of its “Agenda 2014” editorials, The Oregonian urges readers to pay attention […]

Report: Herbicides increased around Triangle Lake – Oregonian

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — An analysis of documents from the state shows that private timber companies in the years 2009-2011 used an increasing amount of herbicides on private forests in rural Lane County — an area that is the focus of a state and federal investigation of residents’ health complaints related to the toxins. […]

Herbicide spraying in Curry County draws complaints, state investigation

GRANTS PASS — The state of Oregon is investigating complaints that an herbicide sprayed from a helicopter on commercial timberlands in Curry County drifted over people’s homes and made some of them and their animals sick. Oregon Department of Agriculture pesticide program manager Dale Mitchell says Crook Timberlands LLC had property north of Gold Beach sprayed Oct. 16 […]

Oregon Forest Practices Act needs to be updated (Guest Editorial)

Guest Opinion by Lisa Arkin In their recent opinion column advocating more logging on public lands, James E. Brown, Hal Salwasser and Ted Lorensen argued that weakening environmental standards on federal public lands in Western Oregon to match Oregon’s weak state Forest Practices Act would produce better “…environmental and economic outcomes…” Missing from their argument was any […]

Anti-toxics group may challenge state forest rules

By Erik Lukens, Oregonian Lisa Arkin, executive director of Eugene-based Beyond Toxics, visited The Oregonian’s editorial board this afternoon to express concern about legislation supported by Reps. Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader and Greg Walden that would place over 1 million acres of O&C lands in a trust designed to ensure timber production. One problem with this proposal, says Arkin, is that […]

Do Oregon’s clear-cut and pesticide buffers protect drinking water from creeks, rivers?

By Scott Learn, The Oregonian on August 20, 2013 ROCKAWAY BEACH — From her front porch, Nancy Webster has a clear view of the hills just east of the coast highway, a western hemlock forest that’s home to Rockaway Beach‘s water supply. The retired social worker, who grew up in a Northwest logging family, worried when […]

Bill to cut pesticide use by Oregon state agencies wins Senate support

Bill to cut pesticide use by Oregon state agencies wins Senate support By Scott Learn, The Oregonian Oregon’s Senate passed a bill today that aims to minimize pesticide use on state-owned property, sending it to Gov.John Kitzhaber‘s desk for signature. House Bill 3364 requires “integrated pest management” for state programs such as invasive weed control and […]

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