Stimson Lumber has given notice to the Oregon Department of Forestry of their intention to spray pesticides in the Bob’s Creek area near Nehalem. The FERNS notification number is 2021-511-03147. This spraying will affect areas which Stimson recently clearcut logged close to Bob’s Creek, the water source for Nehalem’s drinking water. There are valid reasons to be seriously concerned about the potentially detrimental health effects from this application of pesticides.
The pesticides listed on this notification, some or all of which Stimson may use, include:
Activity: Pesticide Application (Unit)
“Window of Opportunity” for Spraying: Start: 3/26/2021 to End: 6/30/2021
Pesticides: 2,4-D with choline, 2,4-D with ester, atrazine, clopyralid, glyphosate, hexazinone, sulfometuron methyl
Pesticide Carrier: water
Pesticide Additives: MSO Concentrate, Super Spread MSO, Syl-Tac, Syl-Coat (silicone surfactant)
Method(s): Ground – Pressurized / Broadcast, Ground – Manual spot application
A toxicology expert who was consulted stated that this is an alarming combination of pesticides. Additional concern is raised by the fact that there has been very limited research done as to the potential synergistic effects created when pesticides are combined. These pesticides will be applied using backpack sprayers by workers whose health may be endangered by the chemicals they will be spraying, as well as by their potential workplace exposure to COVID-19.
VOICE YOUR CONCERNS: it is absolutely necessary for the community to have a minimum 24-hour notice before spraying begins so that people may safeguard their families, gardens, and pets as they deem necessary. ASK FOR CHANGE: NO MORE SPRAYING OF TOXIC CHEMICALS AND CLEARCUT LOGGING IN OUR WATERSHEDS!
-Stimson Lumber: Robert Crawford Phone: 503-423-7074