Non Toxic Oregon
The time for non-toxic, safe land management has arrived. You can be a part of the solution for your community!
WHAT IS NON TOXIC OREGON?
We believe that when people visit public spaces they have the right to be safe from exposure to harmful chemicals known to cause cancer, learning disabilities, immune diseases and other health problems. Parks are an important gathering place for families. Parents need to know that their children are able to run barefoot and roll in the grass without fear of pesticide contamination. Our Non Toxic Oregon Project advocates for protecting people, pets, and wildlife across Oregon from toxic pesticides. We’re taking action to ensure our communities have non toxic public spaces like parks, sports fields, schools, and roadsides. We encourage land managers to rethink the management of turf as well as the places we grow food such as school gardens. Our landscapes can be beautiful and meet community expectations without toxic pesticide use.
WHAT WE ARE DOING
We’re working with our national partners at Beyond Pesticides to launch the Non Toxic Oregon (NTO) project. We are proud to announce a growing number of local governments, including the cities of Eugene, Springfield, Ashland and Talent, as well as Lane County, have committed to NTO pilot projects with the goal of learning the best way to steward our public spaces without the use of any toxic pesticides or chemical fertilizers. We host a series of organic land care workshops and technical support services to support city, county and school landscape staff.
The City of Eugene, Willamalane Park District and Lane County Parks and Recreation Department joined the Non Toxics Oregon pilot project and workshop series. Eugene is managing municipal golf courses with the goal of being pesticide free. [See our YouTube video, Golfing Goes Green] The Willamalane Parks and Recreation, located in Springfield, is testing organic fertilizers and other practices to end pesticide use and reduce water use in two parks located near the Willamette River. Eugene also takes its commitment to being a Bee City USA very seriously by reducing pesticides, holding bee surveys and encouraging non toxic landscape practices. Nearly 10 Eugene neighborhoods have Pesticide Free parks.
Southern Oregon communities are stepping up as leaders in the non toxic Oregon movement. Beyond Toxics hosts workshops for city and school grounds managers and their staff to introduce the practice of organic turf management. Learn more