Chemical Spraying

Environmental group challenges aerial spraying, Monroe Monitor 9-26-2017

What to do before, during and after toxic aerial spraying

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Spray Zones, Sky Valley Sept 2017


SVENA comments for spray FPAs, fall 2017

New FPAs (Forest Practice Applications) for toxic areal pesticide application on 1200 ac of industrial tree farms in Sky Valley, fall 2017:

2815918  “Sky Spray” (Gold Bar/Proctor Creek area), 2815916 “Stilly Spray” (Granite Falls area) by Weyerhaeuser;
2815962 “Mixed Bag”, 2815963 “Camp 2” (Gold Bar area); 2815964 “Easy Street”, 2815965 “Home Ridge”, 2815986 “Substitute”,  2815987 “Center 24” (Sultan area), 2815966 “AJ”(Monroe area) by Sierra Pacific.

For more information, please contact the Northwest Region office of toxic-chemical signDNR ( 360-856-3500),  and the permittees Doug Sand of Sierra Pacific (360-424-7619), and Kelly Dougherty of Weyerhaeuser (360-424-2014), and also with other officials in ourContact List for Press and Elected and Resources.

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

2017 active spray applications for Skykomish River Valley:

2815918  (Gold Bar area) by Weyerhaeuser

2815962 , 2815963 (Gold Bar area); 28159642815965, (Sultan area), 2815966 (Monroe area) by Sierra Pacific

2016 active spray applications for Skykomish River Valley:

2815371 by Springboard Wallace Falls (Campbell Global)
2815270 by Weyerhaeuser

2015 active spray applications for Skykomish River Valley:

2814793 by Springboard Wallace Falls (Campbell Global)
2814707 by Weyerhaeuser
2814705 by Springboard Wallace Falls (Campbell Global)

California Officially Adds Glyphosate to Prop 65 Cancer Warning List, 7-6-2017

“Monsanto Weed Killer Roundup Faces New Doubts on Safety in Unsealed Documents”, article in The New York Times 3-14-2017 (Glyphosate, a component of Roundup, is used for massive aerial sprays on tree farms in Skykomish River Valley.)

Human Exposure to Pesticide Drift: Washington State Report 2-2017

If you believe you were accidentally exposed to a toxic air and/or water herbicide drift
caused by aerial herbicide spraying in September 2016 by Weyerhaeuser, and in October 2016 by Campbell Global in the Gold Bar, Sultan and Skykomish areas, please mention this to your physician and report your incident and symptoms to:

> Neil Lanning, WA Dep. of Ag. 360-688-0103; 
> Jennifer Sievert, WA Dep. of Health 360-236-3338;
> Dave Somers, Snohomish County Executive
> Sam Low, County Council Rep 5th district;
> Snohomish County Council 
> John Koster, Rep., 39 Legislative District;
> Dan Kristiansen, Rep., 39 Legislative District;
> Kirk Pearson, Senator, 39 Legislative District;
> Hilary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands;
WA State Board of Natural Resources (BNR);
Forest Practices Board of DNR;
> Snohomish County Health District & Board of Health 425-339-5200 (County Council Rep for 5th district Sam Low is a member of the Board of Health);
> WA State Board of Health

FPA# 2815371 by Springboard Wallace Falls LLC (Campbell Global), Gold Bar and Sultan areas 10-2016
Locations:  8-28-9E (Gold Bar, North of Hwy 2), 11,13,14,23,24-27-8E (Sultan, South of Hwy 2)
Chemicals: Alligare Glyphosate 5.4; Rotary; SFM Extra: SFM75; Sylcoat; Syl-Tax; SuperSpread MSO; Crosshair.
FPA#2815270 by Weyerhaeuser Corporation, Gold Bar and Skykomish areas 9-2016
Please support the petition to FPB for better notification and information disclosure about aerial chemical spraying. Write your comments and thoughts to .
A great message would be something as simple as “I learned that there is a petition about forest chemicals notification and reporting before the Board. I think this is a serious issue in Washington State that the Board should thoroughly discuss. I live in X place and have Y experience/basis for concern with forest chemicals.”
Pesticides Factsheet at NCAP (Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides)

Campbell Global
and Weyerhaeuser are the largest tree farm managers/owners in the Valley.
On September 18 through 21 (Friday through Monday), 2015 timber company Springboard Wallace Falls LLC  executed a massive toxic aerial chemical spray under Forest Practice Applications (FPAs) # 2814793 (252 acres) and 2814705 (804 acres) for a total of 1,056 acres. The spray consisted of a mix of toxic herbicides. This application took place on four consecutive days in the Sultan Startup area, North of Hwy 2. Loud noise of the spraying helicopter attracted a lot of attention from local residents and tourists. Local community did not have any information about the spray and watched it in disbelief and dismay.
Below is an email message from October 8, 2015 by Mark Baugh, a forester of Campbell Global, manager of the tree farms, with the list of chemicals:
“Each unit is reviewed before spraying to determine what competing vegetation is in the stand, so the mix would be different for some of the stands.  Some of the stands are site preparation applications and some are release applications.  The one unit I believe is nearest to you, (Sultan-Startup Road), would be the property we have in Sec. 27, T28N08E.  That was a release spray on 115 acres.    The chemicals and rate of application were as follows:
Alligare Glyphosate 5.4               30 oz./acre
Rotary 2 SL(Imazapyr)                 2 oz/acre
SMF Extra (Oust)                      .5 oz./acre
SuperSpread MSO                        4 oz./acre”
Below is the data from Case Investigation Report NML-0025-15, Department of Agriculture:


10 gal/ acre x 1000 acres = 10.000 gal total sprayed
4 tank mixes
Alligare Glyposate 5.4, each tank mix
Alligare SFM Extra, tank mix 1 and 3
Alligare Rotary 2SL, tank mix 2 and 3
Willbur-Ellis Syl-Tak, tank mix 1
Premium MSO Methylated Spray Oil, tank mix 2 and 3
Syl-Coat, tank mix 4
Crosshair, each tank mix
  • Glyphosate (one of the trade names for products containing glyphosate is Roundup) is a potent herbicide linked to cancer. Please google “widely used herbicide linked to cancer” for more info and articles in many prominent publications;
  • SMF Extra (or Oust)  is a potent and toxic herbicide;
  • Rotary 2 SL (or Imazapyr)  is a potent and toxic herbicide;
  • Premium MSO Methylated Spray Oil is a toxic surfactant.

These and other tree farming chemicals contaminate watersheds and drinking water wells, harm wetlands, streams and rivers and everything in and around them. They are toxic for people and wildlife. Please see  below a study about this by Department of Ecology. This study confirmed that creeks and streams get contaminated during aerial spraying even after following best practices and precaution measures according to the label. It was found that all 7 streams were contaminated with pesticide pollution. In addition, pesticides are not adequately tested and are not tested at all in combinations, inert ingredients are not disclosed, and longterm impacts are not fully considered.


We are requesting changes to the following practices:

  1. Written notification for aerial herbicide and pesticide spraying to every resident, school and business of the adjacent watershed with specific date, location and chemicals to be used, including an option for email notifications;
  2. Public disclose after spraying of what chemicals were sprayed and where;  this can be accomplished through the existing online review system for FPAs (Forest Practice Applications);
  3. Monitoring and testing of toxic contamination in creeks, streams and drinking water wells of that watershed;
  4. Research on drift and relocation of toxic chemicals on and from tree farms, including direct applications and groundwater contamination;
  5. Extended buffer zones for residences, schools, businesses and streams;
  6. Establish Emergency Response Standards; the pesticide applicator must provide information on chemicals in a reasonable manner for medical assistance in case of acute exposure;
  7. Consider least toxic alternatives to pesticides and prevention methods, including cultural, biological and mechanical weed control;
  8. Information and research should be transparent and easily available online to the public.

Pesticide Data Report WA State, Drift in Agriculture, 2010-2011, Ingredients, Numbers and Symptoms

Pesticide Drift in Agriculture, WA State Department of Health 7-2012