MAP OF AREAS FOR PLANNED PESTICIDE AREAL SPRAYING
ON INDUSTRIAL TREE FARMS
IN THE SKYKOMISH RIVER VALLEY, SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 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 DNR firstname.lastname@example.org ( 360-856-3500), and the permittees Doug Sand of Sierra Pacific (360-424-7619), and Kelly Dougherty of Weyerhaeuser Kelly.Dougherty@weyerhaeuser.com (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
2016 active spray applications for Skykomish River Valley:
2015 active spray applications for Skykomish River Valley:
“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.)
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. email@example.com 360-688-0103;
> Jennifer Sievert, WA Dep. of Health firstname.lastname@example.org 360-236-3338;
> Dave Somers, Snohomish County Executive email@example.com;
> Sam Low, County Council Rep 5th district firstname.lastname@example.org;
> Snohomish County Council email@example.com
> John Koster, Rep., 39 Legislative District firstname.lastname@example.org;
> Dan Kristiansen, Rep., 39 Legislative District email@example.com;
> Kirk Pearson, Senator, 39 Legislative District firstname.lastname@example.org;
> Hilary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands email@example.com;
> WA State Board of Natural Resources (BNR) firstname.lastname@example.org;
> Forest Practices Board of DNR email@example.com;
> Snohomish County Health District & Board of Health firstname.lastname@example.org 425-339-5200 (County Council Rep for 5th district Sam Low is a member of the Board of Health);
> WA State Board of Health email@example.com.
Cause for Alarm, article in inlander.com 6-30-2016, America’s best read urban weekly (Residents of a remote part of Stevens County say something is making them sick, but no one is sure exactly what it is.)
- 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:
- 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;
- 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);
- Monitoring and testing of toxic contamination in creeks, streams and drinking water wells of that watershed;
- Research on drift and relocation of toxic chemicals on and from tree farms, including direct applications and groundwater contamination;
- Extended buffer zones for residences, schools, businesses and streams;
- Establish Emergency Response Standards; the pesticide applicator must provide information on chemicals in a reasonable manner for medical assistance in case of acute exposure;
- Consider least toxic alternatives to pesticides and prevention methods, including cultural, biological and mechanical weed control;
- Information and research should be transparent and easily available online to the public.