Non Toxic Southern Oregon is an initiative shared with Pollinator Project Rogue Valley. Our goal is for everyone in Southern Oregon to be able to enjoy safe, toxic-free public spaces: at schools, in parks, on city properties, and even along county roads.
Non Toxic Roadsides / Natural Areas
We are currently working on the issue of finding alternatives to the pesticides used along roadsides in both Jackson and Josephine County!
Please contact your County Commissioners in Jackson and Josephine County and request that they transition to a non-toxic vegetation management plan for roadsides.
Names and email addresses:
Jackson County Commissioners:
Rick Dyer, Commissioner
Bob Strosser, Commissioner
Colleen Roberts, Commissioner
Josephine County Commissioners:
Lily Morgan, Commissioner
Darin Fowler, Commissioner
Dan DeYoung, Commissioner
Sign up to be on the no-spray list and tell your neighbors to do the same!
Non Toxic Cities
We are currently working with Talent and Jacksonville – is your city next?
City and county governments everywhere are beginning to reconsider the use of toxic chemicals which have been used for decades, and are now finding safer, less toxic solutions to landscape care. It is possible to have a beautiful and healthy landscape that is safe for people, pets, and pollinators!
Non Toxic Talent
The conversation between residents and city leaders about the quantities and kinds of pesticides used on city and schools properties began in 2015. With our help, beginning in May 2018, the City of Talent successfully wrote and approved an ‘organic-first’ Integrated Pest Management plan for city property! As of December 2018, Talent is implementing safer practices and products for landscape care to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of people, pollinators, pets, and the environment. Their IPM plan calls for an elimination of synthetic pesticides in city parks and properties within three years. We are very excited to have been part of this change!
Contact: City Councilor Stephanie Dolan
Non Toxic Jacksonville
Residents want to know that their children and pets are safe from toxic pesticides when playing in public parks and green spaces. Spray records have been requested from the City, and a study session with Chip Osborne of Osborne Organics, Bob Johnson of Non Toxic Neighborhoods, and Rhianna Simes of Verdant Phoenix in April 2019 convinced the City to stop using synthetic pesticides on Doc Griffin Park! The community organizes periodic weeding parties at the Park to show the City that they are serious about keeping the park pesticide free. Would you like to be part of the team?
Contact: Lauren Kemple
Concerned about the impact lawn pesticides have on dogs and other pets? Have you considered that pets can pick up pesticides on their paws and in their coats and bring them inside to expose your family?
This short and engaging Facebook video really brings the message home: Neighbor vs. Dog, by Planet Paws (Dr. Karen Becker) This is a great video to share!
Do you know a veterinarian and/or dog groomer who would like to share information about the impacts pesticides have on the health and lifespan of dogs and cats? Let us know!
Actions you can take:
Get on Jackson County Vector Control District No-Spray List
Get on the Jackson County Roads No Spray list
Get on the Josephine County Roads No Spray list
Pollinator Project Rogue Valley’s list of local nurseries that (mostly) do not sell plants with neonicotinoids
Looking for safer solutions to toxic pesticides?
Check out our list of resources->>
Like to learn more?
Many of your questions will be answered in this document:
Non Toxic Oregon Guide To Building a Campaign to Protect Children’s Health (PDF)
Please contact us to find out how we can help!
Contact: Kristina Lefever: 458-214-0508 and Bianca Ballará: email
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