Non Toxic Southern Oregon
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. Technical assistance is provided to pursue “proof of concept” demonstration projects. In 2018, after hosting NTO workshops, the City of Talent adopted a policy to adopt integrated pest management. This model policy prioritizes reducing the use of pesticides to protect the health, safety and well- being of Talent’s residents, pollinators and environment.
The support of local parents is critical to successful projects involving schools and parks. Southern Oregon parents were active in support of pesticide free schools. School administrators in the Phoenix-Talent School District responded by initiating community conversations about pesticide use as well as reviewing and strengthening their integrated pest management plan.
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.
NEW! Roadside Herbicide Spray Record Data for Jackson County, Oregon (April 2018 to April 2019): A report from the Non Toxic Roadsides Campaign of Non Toxic Southern Oregon — updated December 2019
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! See info. about the latest Jackson County Commissioner meetings above and JOIN US!
Please read the Guest Opinion published in the Mail Tribune about pesticides used along roadways, written by Dr. Ray Seidler. We hope this editorial will begin a conversation that will lead to change in Jackson County, and throughout Southern Oregon!
Jackson Co. Board of Commissioners Meeting – November 6, 2019 – Features testimony from supporters of the Non Toxic Roadsides campaign of Non Toxic Southern Oregon (including Bianca Ballará, Beyond Toxics organizer and Kristina Lefever, Beyond Toxics board member and others)
Bianca’s testimony starts at 16:50
Kristina’s testimony starts at 29:14