3-2017 Update

Dear Sky Valley Residents,

  • SVENA stands for Skykomish Valley Environmental & Economic Alliance. Our
    Humming bird

    Photo courtesy of Sky Valley Photography

    mission is to protect an environmentally and economically sustainable future of the Skykomish River Valley. We are working towards a safer, cleaner, healthier, more beautiful and economically sustainable place to live, work and visit. You can find more information at our website svena.org.


> Good news from Weyerhauser about pesticide spraying!
> Frequent blasting next to Gold Bar;
> Summary of 2016 SVENA annual meeting;
> Latest articles of interest in HeraldNet and New York Times;
> We do not recommend the use of herbicides such as Roundup, fungicides and other exterminating toxic chemicals and promote alternative methods to toxics, resources at Eco-friendly Products and Practices and NCAP (Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides), slugs;
> Annual aerial large-scale pesticide spraying on industrial tree farms of Sky Valley and resources for information;
> Protect your health with a reverse osmosis (RO) water filter for $190;
Latest FPAs for Sky Valley (Forest Practice Applications for industrial tree farms) including a list of active toxic aerial spraying FPAs, and more info for FPAs.

  • GOOD NEWS FOR MARCH 2017: No toxic herbicide spraying this spring by Weyerhauser!!Spraying page

FPA for pesticide spraying is valid for 3 years. Spraying can take place any time during those 3 years from the date of approval.

Active FPAs for Weyerhauser (Forest Practice Applications) including locations and list of chemicals: 2815270, 2814707

We are in contact with Global Campbell and Sierra Pacific to clarify about pesticide spraying for 2017.

Active FPAs (Forest Practice Applications) including locations and list of chemicals:

2815371 by Springboard Wallace Falls (Campbell Global) / sold to Sierra Pacific
2814793 by Springboard Wallace Falls (Campbell Global) / sold to Sierra Pacific
2814705 by Springboard Wallace Falls (Campbell Global)/ sold to Sierra Pacific

Please find more information about large-scale pesticide spraying on local industrial tree farms at our webpage Chemical Spraying and SUMMARY FOR THE LATEST FPAs (FOREST PRACTICE APPLICATIONS).

  • According to Steve Tift, Weyerhauser’s team leader, frequent powerful blasting next to Gold Bar is for building a logging road and removal of hard rock. It is 1 mile up the hill in the Proctor Creek area. It should end by the end of this week, April 2-9. SVENA asked him if they would please blast at certain hours 10-11 am to 1-2 pm. In the future they will voluntarily notify DNR and local city about blasting.

  • SVENA’s annual meeting took place on Saturday March 25, 2017 at the Sultan Fire Station. Our agenda included the latest updates for logging next to Wallace Falls State Park, toxic spraying on local industrial tree farms next to the Sky Valley community, and benefits and concerns for the tourism/recreation industry in the gold bar photoValley. Members of the Board were nominated and voted for. We discussed our strategic plan of actions for the past and next year.

  • We do not recommend the use of herbicides such as Roundup, pesticides, fungicides and other exterminating toxic chemicals due to potential water and soil
    Roundup at the store

    Death row at one of several supermarkets in Monroe, WA

    contamination and negative effects of toxics on human and environmental health. Children and pregnant women are most sensitive to synthetic toxic chemicals. We promote finding alternative methods to toxic chemicals used for the body, home, garden and yard care. Please think twice what you put on and in yourself, in your drain and around you. It can very much affect your and your family’s and neighbors’ health as well as the whole downstream watershed (including drinking water sources) and Puget Sound.

Resources for alternatives to toxics at our website Eco-friendly Products and Practices and  NCAP (Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides):

Tips for Indoor & Outdoor Pests (include ants, aphids, bees, wasps, termites, deer, fruit flies, slugs and more)

Tips for Weeds, Lawns & Landscaping (include blackberries, dandelions, knapweed, Slugmoss and more)

Slugs are fascinating animals and a big part of ecosystem.
10 slippery facts about slugs
Pesticide-free solutions to slug problems   

  • Every year industrial tree farming companies aerially spray toxic herbicides (including Roundup and/or other chemicals) on industrial tree farms in Skykomish Valley and beyond to control unwanted vegetation. These toxic sprays take place after clearcutting, in the spring and in the fall. They can relocate to non-targeted areas by aerial drift, toxic runoff, and leaching into groundwater potentially contaminating drinking water sources. You can find more information at our website Chemical Spraying page. There are Washington State laws against pollution of drinking water sources:

Chapter 35.88 RCW “Water Pollution—Protection From”

RCW 70.54.010 “Polluting Water Supply – Penalty”

Fact Sheet, Some of Most Probable Active Ingredients vs. Human Health Effects (September-October 2016, Skykomish River Valley, herbicide sprays)

What to do before, during and after toxic aerial spraying

If you have concerns about toxic aerial sprays, pollution of drinking water sources, and/or suspect toxic water/air drift, please look for contact information for authorities at our website svena.org.

  • Latest research shows that reverse osmosis (RO) is the best and only water-filtration method for removal of pharmaceuticals, pesticides and other contaminants. An under-sink RO system costs $150-350. It can save you thousands of dollars in RO filtermedical bills and improve your quality of life.

iSpring RCC7 WQA Gold Seal Certified 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System – 75 GPD $190 on Amazon. Free shipping. 5 out of 5 stars. 2500 reviews.

  • SVENA is working to bring a substantial value and benefit to the Skykomish Valley. Please support our efforts and visit SVENA website, become a sponsor or a member,
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    Logo of SVENA

    join our Facebook Group, or simply click on a “Like” button on our Facebook page. Please spread the word, share this page with your family, friends and neighbors, let us know if you have questions / economic, public health or environmental concerns / interesting facts or photos, if you would like to add someone to the mailing list or to opt out of receiving SVENA updates.

Warm regards,

Inessa Pearce
SVENA (Skykomish Valley Environmental & Economic Alliance)