Earthday announcement: we are going to aerial spray the shit out of East Jefferson county forest lands.

ForestHelicopterSpraying “The herbicides include Oust Extra (sulfometuron methyl), Accord (glyphosate) and Polaris SP (imazapyr). Surfactants are added to increase the spray efficiency. A low-flying helicopter releases spray through multiple calibrated nozzles.”

The Port Townsend Leader has reported in its Earth week edition that The Olympic Resource Management, the Jefferson County Conservation district  and other agencies are allowing several companies to aerial spray toxins in East Jefferson County between April 22 and May 15th.  Toxins that will be sprayed via low flying  heliocopters  as follows:

“The herbicides include Oust Extra (sulfometuron methyl), Accord (glyphosate) and Polaris SP (imazapyr). Surfactants are added to increase the spray efficiency. A low-flying helicopter releases spray through multiple calibrated nozzles.”

Here is a link to the story in the Port Townsend Leader and the story as reported.

http://ptleader.com/main.asp?FromHome=1&TypeID=1&ArticleID=33413&SectionID=36&SubSectionID=55

“Jefferson County forestland owners and managers plan to apply herbicides to their property by helicopter this spring, between April 22 and May 15. Dates of application will depend on the weather.

The herbicides include Oust Extra (sulfometuron methyl), Accord (glyphosate) and Polaris SP (imazapyr). Surfactants are added to increase the spray efficiency. A low-flying helicopter releases spray through multiple calibrated nozzles.

Sites of the aerial spraying are scattered throughout East Jefferson County. The spraying is considered necessary to control vegetation that competes with tree seedlings and effects their growth.

The companies involved are notifying neighbors, usually by making house calls.

The spraying personnel are regulated by the Washington State Department of Agriculture, and the spraying itself is regulated by the Department of Natural Resources. Spraying is contingent on low winds to prevent drift. All streams and wetlands are buffered as per the tables found in the state administrative code. There is no application to flowing or standing water. The companies involved make every effort to ensure the spray strikes only the areas targeted.

Maps of the spray areas are posted at the Jefferson County Conservation District office (205 W. Patison St., Port Hadlock).

Here is a link to the spray map as a PDF

http://www.jeffersoncd.org/downloads/Spray%20Sites/JC%20Spraying%20forest2013.pdf

and the Board of County Commissioners office at the County Courthouse. Direct questions to Mike Glass at Olympic Resource Management, 360-297-0570, ext. 27 or the Conservation District office: 360-385-4105.”

War on the land and in the skies.  The bees, wildlife, streams and private springs will be impacted…but WTF…it’s Earthday…anything goes in 2013 – Ellen

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