8-2016 Update

Dear Sky Valley Residents,labor-day-picture

We hope you had a nice and safe Labor Day weekend.

SVENA stands for Skykomish Valley Environmental & Economic Alliance. Our mission is to protect an environmentally and economically sustainable future of the Skykomish River Valley. Please see more information at svena.org


The Skykomish Valley Environmental & Economic Alliance appreciates the concern that many Sky Valley residents have about future Weyerhauser Corporation’s toxic pesticide spraying on 830+ acres of trees farms in the Gold Bar area. However, we strongly urge everyone to refrain from committing any violence, vandalism, or other kind of harm to property or persons. We will not be responsible for the bad choices of anyone who chooses to break the law.  Please let Weyerhaeuser and the DNR know of your concerns.  We are a peaceful, law-abiding organization who are trying to protect our natural resources, our economy, and human health. Contacts:

Kelly Dougherty, Weyerhaeuser Kelly.Dougherty@Weyerhauser.com 360-424-2014;  
DNR (WA Department of Natural Resources)  Forest.PracticesBoard@DNR.WA.gov.

  • Toxic aerial pesticide spraying on industrial tree farms is one of the practices the tree farming industry uses to control unwanted vegetation. Aerial spraying is cheaper and used more often then other alternative methods: cutting competing vegetation manually or mechanically, “spot-spraying” a smaller amount of selected plants on the ground, letting the trees grow longer and be tighter grained and of higher quality, using selective logging instead of clearcuting, planting a multiple species forest. Please see more info about tree farming practices below.

  • Gold Bar toxic aerial sprays:

As of 9-3-2016, a large toxic aerial spray FPA#2815270 in the Gold Bar area on over 830 acres of Weyerhaeuser Corporation tree farms will take place 2nd or 3rd week of September 2016  according to Kelly Dougherty, forester of Weyerhaeuser (kelly.dougherty@weyerhaeuser.com, 360-424-2014).  They plan to apply the following chemicals: Glyphosate, Imazapyr, Metsulfuron Methyl, Sulfometuron Methyl, Climb, Crosshair, and surfactants.

For additional information, please read the following:

What to do before, during and after toxic aerial spray

Map of approximate locations for toxic aerial spray

Fact Sheet, Active Ingredients vs. Human Health Effects FPA 2815270

More information: https://svena.org/current-projects/chemical-spraying/

Another toxic spray FPA2815371 is coming in the Gold Bar area, North of Hwy 2 on tree farms of Springboard Wallace Falls LLC, a part of Campbell Global. Please contact Mark Baugh, forester of Campbell Global for exact time of spraying and more info at mbaugh@campbellglobal.com or call 360-982-1246.  

  • Skagit Valley toxic aerial spray:skagit-valley

Skagit Valley is going to have a toxic chemical spray by Pacific Denkmann Company on over 260 acres that is close to water and homes. FPA 2815340 lists lots of bad chemicals, including Atrazine, which is used  less and less these days because of its toxicity. If you have family or friends in the Skagit Valley, please forward this information to them. If you have concerns or want more information, please contact Allen Staringer of Pacific Denkmann Company at 425-328-0312.

Fact Sheet, Active Ingredients vs. Human Health Effects FPA 2815340 (Skagit Valley)

  • Notification petition

On April 27, 2016, a petition from three non-profit organizations including SVENA was sent to FPB (WA Forest Practices Board) for better notice to adjacent communities and disclosure of information for aerially-sprayed toxic forest chemicals. You can also find a link to the petition on CHEMICAL SPRAYING page of our website. Please send your short message of support for the petition to the FPB’s email address forest.practicesboard@dnr.wa.govThe comment period has been extended until November 2016 when the petition will be discussed again at a quarterly meeting of FPB (Forest Practices Board of DNR, Department of Natural Resources). See an example of a support letter here. You and your comments/letters are very important to our government.

  • What are tree farming practices: practices related to growing, harvesting, or processing monocultrue-tree-farmtimber, including but not limited to road construction and maintenance, thinning, salvage, harvesting, reforestation, brush control, and using fertilizers or pesticides.

Forest Practices Illustrated is designed to help tree-farm owners, loggers, and others better understand Washington State’s Forest Practices Rules and how they protect fish, water, wildlife, state and municipal capital improvements and other public resources. Commonly encountered rules and operating techniques are explained with text, photographs and illustrations.

Typical List of Active Ingredients vs. Human Health Effects (pesticide spray on tree farms)

  • We highly recommend that you use drinking water purified by RO (reverse osmosis) Tap water with fausetor distillation and check labels on purified water bottles. Recent call to the headquarters of Kroger Corporation revealed that their purified water, sold in Monroe Fred Meyer, is filtered only with sand filter and ozone. Those methods are not enough to remove pesticides, pharmaceuticals and other harmful chemicals.

We will be glad if you support our efforts towards a safer, cleaner, healthier and more beautiful place to live and to visit by becoming a Sponsor, a Member, sharing your talents as a Volunteer,  joining our Facebook Group, or by simply clicking on a “Like” button on our Facebook page.

Please spread the word, let us know if you have questions / environmental concerns / interesting facts, 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)