WHAT is aerial herbicide spraying?

Aerial herbicide spraying is the practice of applying herbicide from the air (usually by helicopter) on a crop – in this case, a timber plantation.

WHEN and WHY is aerial herbicide used?

Industrial forestry practices commonly apply aerial herbicide before replanting a clear-cut plot of land, and for three consecutive years after planting to eliminate competing vegetation from overtaking their desired crop (generally Douglas fir seedlings). To find out when an area near you will be sprayed, sign up for ODF’s “FERNS” notification system.

WHY should we promote forestry reform to exclude aerial herbicides?

Herbicides applied to timber lands contain toxic chemicals that can negatively affect ecosystem health both on the land where they are applied and on the areas surrounding — through drifting on air and fog and transferring through water sources. While herbicide applied in any manner is harmful, there is greater risk of chemical trespass when chemicals are applied aerially. Banning aerial herbicide spraying would be an important step to protecting resources from chemical contamination.  Learn more on the Oregon Forest Voices website – which presents resources through video, research, and news – and by visiting the websites of the local groups that form this coalition.

–> FOLLOW THIS LINK to see a list of commonly sprayed chemicals and learn more about their toxicity.