Tree Frog Forestry News

Aerial spraying rules stall in Salem

April 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALEM — Environmental advocates and some rural Oregonians appear likely to come up empty in their effort to get major new state restrictions on aerial herbicide spraying. Aerial spraying on private timberlands long has triggered health fears among rural residents, including some in Lane County who live in the Mohawk Valley and near Triangle Lake. Spraying critics had hoped that larger Democratic majorities in both chambers of the Legislature this year and a high-profile 2013 incident in which several residences in Gold Beach were mistakenly sprayed directly from a helicopter would bolster chances for new restrictions. But Oregon’s timber industry has proven a formidable adversary.