Posts Categorized: Forestry Pesticide Reform

Why am I weeding a watershed?

I just spent a large chunk of the day bent over patches of meadow knapweed with a sickle in my hand. Why in the heck am I spending a day swiping at an invasive weed near a river when I have plenty of weeds crying out for attention in my own yard? I do it because there is a lot at stake in one small, humble project to keep herbicides out of the Siuslaw watershed.

Toxic Trespass Knows No Barriers

As an Environmental Studies major I’ve gotten very used to discussing issues of injustice and land degradation through a scholarly/objective lens, however I had never drawn these connections back to myself and how they affect me as an Oregonian. Never would I have imagined that a trip out to interview a community affected by pesticide… Read more »

Oregon lacking in the science of forestry

  Profitable timber production can readily coexist with protections for water quality and community health.  That is the lesson of commercial logging operations in Washington, California and even Idaho. Then there is the way we do it in Oregon. We are governed by the Oregon Forest Practices Act (FPA), now 42 years old.  When first… Read more »

The future of Oregon’s clean-flowing drinking water

Over the past few months The Register-Guard has held a back-and-forth debate about Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio’s plan to increase logging in Oregon’s federal forests. What’s at stake? Nothing less than the future of Oregon’s clean-flowing drinking water. There is also growing awareness about the issue of rural community health and exposure to forestry chemicals… Read more »

New pesticide reduction law a significant win

Protecting human health has always been a race between action and disaster. Consider how long society waited to remove lead from gasoline and paint, and the disaster that inaction inflicted upon generations of children and their brain development. As our technologies race ahead of our prudence, we’ve learned that local actions can have universal ramifications,… Read more »

Victory is Sweet!

WE DID IT!  The Safe Public Places Bill has passed in both chambers of the Oregon Legislature and will be signed into law this week!  What a sweet victory! Laudatory coverage of the successful passage of HB 3364 was immediate from key state media. From the Oregonian newspaper: “The Senate’s 24-6 vote … is a… Read more »

City tries to find pesticide substitute Beekeepers and environmentalists say the use of one treatment may kill bees

Beyond Toxics initiated the Save Oregon’s Bees Campaign in 2012 in partnership with local bee keepers.We are excited about the initial results of this collaborative effort! Beyond Toxics and our bee keeping partners, provided information to the City of Eugene about how the use of pesticides are harming our pollinators and presenting risks to children and… Read more »