Groups leading the fight against chemical herbicides

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Groups leading the fight against chemical herbicides

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Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides

For more than 30 years, NCAP has been on the ground protecting the health of people and the environment.

The First Decade

The Second Decade

The Third Decade

The Fourth Decade

The Fourth Decade – 2008-Present

• NCAP documents more than 19 cities in the Northwest that have implemented a pesticide-free park program making almost 100 parks safe for kids and families to play.

• NCAP organizes a meeting for 26 organic farmers with the USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment.

• NCAP conducts demonstration field trials of a biological control for early blight with 10 potato farmers.

• NCAP helps thousands of home and garden enthusiasts with weed and pest problems with useful factsheets on our website and by phone.

• NCAP launches the NCAP Action News, a monthly email sent to more than 16,000 people with the latest pesticide news and actions.

• The Sustainable Parks Information Network (SPIN) is born and city park managers and professional landscapers share and learn effective integrated pest management strategies with each other.

• The annual event, "An Evening With NCAP" is launched and hundreds of supporters spent beautiful fall evenings celebrating NCAP at King Estate Winery.

• NCAP was named one of the top 100 green companies to work for in Oregon.

• NCAP's founding director stepped down and we had a smooth and successful transition to new leadership.

The Third Decade – 1997-2007

• NCAP, with 180 cooperating organizations, submitted a rulemaking petition to EPA asking for identification of interts on pesticide labels. Seven state attorneys general filed a similar petition.

• An NCAP report highlighted hazards of insecticides used in airplanes.

• The Oregon Pesticide Education Network (OPEN) that included NCAP lobbied the Oregon Legislature to pass a comprehensive pesticide tracking law.

• NCAP launched a potato demonstration project with the Shoshone Bannock Tribes in Idaho. The project used mustard plants as a “green manure” to reduce fumigant use by potato growers.

• NCAP published Unthinkable Risk, an in-depth report about children, schools, and pesticides. Also, NCAP helped Portland (Oregon) parents secure an integrated pest management policy for their school district and held training workshops.

• Farmer networks in Idaho sponsored by NCAP helped growers adopt more sustainable practices.

• The green manure practice was eligible for federal cost-share funds to subsidize the cost of mustard seeds. More than 40,000 acres of green manures grew in Idaho annually.

• NCAP and our allies launched a Clean Water for Salmon campaign. We filed an Endangered Species Act lawsuit to force EPA to consider salmon protection when the agency registers pesticides.

• NCAP served on an EPA inert ingredient advisory group. The group developed three alternative proposals for EPA, two of which identified inert ingredients on product labels.

• A federal judge ordered EPA to assess whether 54 pesticides pose hazards to salmon and steelhead in our Endangered Species Act lawsuit.

• Potato Growers of Idaho, University of Idaho researchers and NCAP partnered to increase production of organic potatoes in Idaho. With growers, they made a strategic plan identifying pest management research needs for organic production.

• NCAP visited home and garden shows in four states, signing up more than 13,500 people for the Healthier Homes and Gardens program. Each month, participants were sent tips on how to manage common pests without toxic chemicals.

• The U.S. Supreme Court upheld legal decisions requiring no-spray buffers along thousands of miles of salmon-supporting waterways in three Pacific states and the posting of warning signs in more than 500 communities that alert urban pesticide users to the risks that pesticides pose to salmon.

• Lane County updated its roadside vegetation spray program as a “last resort” policy.

• Utne Reader nominated the Journal of Pesticide Reform for an independent press award for best science and technology coverage.

• NCAP and 21 partners filed a petition with the EPA to require disclosure on pesticide product labels of the identity of 400 inert ingredients that are regulated as hazardous under other health and environmental laws. Led by New York, 15 state attorneys general filed a parallel petition for rulemaking.

• Environmental Health Perspectives, the peer-reviewed journal of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, published Unidentified Inert Ingredients in Pesticides: Implications for Human and Environmental Health that was co-authored by NCAP.

• Portland and Eugene (Oregon) and Helena and Bozeman (Montana) established pesticide-free parks programs, thanks to NCAP’s work. More than 250 volunteers a year replaced herbicides with people power in the Portland parks.

• NCAP discontinued the Journal of Pesticide Reform and published its first issue of The Naysprayer.

• NCAP helped thousands of people who requested information by phone, mail and email about pesticide hazards and safe, effective alternatives.

• A federal judge ruled in NCAP’s favor, rejecting regulations that eliminate the involvement of wildlife specialists in decisions to protect endangered species from hazardous pesticides.

The Second Decade - 1987 to 1997

• NCAP served on an Oregon Department of Agriculture committee to recommend eradication techniques for the gypsy moth. NCAP successfully stopped a proposal for chemical insecticide use. Bt, a bacterium that kills caterpillars, was used instead.

• In response to the 1984 injunction, the Forest Service announced that the agency would write an entirely new environmental impact statement with extensive involvement from the public.

• NCAP and its member groups spearheaded creation of an integrated roadside vegetation management policy for Lane County, Oregon; development of a progressive vegetation management policy for Washington’s state forests; use of carp to remove unwanted vegetation in Devil’s Lake, Oregon; and a challenge to the Bureau of Land Management’s noxious weed program.

• With support from NCAP, the Oregon Legislature passed a law requiring state agencies to use integrated pest management.

• NCAP produced Inert Alert, a video about the hazards of the so-called inert ingredients in pesticides. Also, using the Freedom of Information Act, NCAP challenged EPA’s authority to keep secret the identities of inerts.

• Portland residents opposed the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Asian gypsy moth eradication program, with help from NCAP.

• NCAP publicized sustainable techniques being used by Washington raspberry growers.

• NCAP developed in-depth materials supporting school pesticide use reduction; used the Endangered Species Act to protect wildlife in the Klamath Basin from pesticides; and sued EPA to force the agency to identify inert ingredients in six herbicides.

• Two hundred grounds and building maintenance managers attended NCAP’s school pesticide use reduction workshop – twice as many as expected.

• NCAP surveyed pesticide analytical laboratories in the Northwest and monitored their accuracy.

• NCAP launched a sustainable potato farming program in Idaho.

• NCAP won a lawsuit requiring EPA to release information about the identity of inerts in pesticide products. For the first time, this information was publicly available.

• NCAP worked with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, extension agents, and growers to develop biologically based apple maggot management practices.

• NCAP kicked off a campaign to establish a pesticide tracking program in Oregon by releasing a report about hormone-disrupting pesticides in Oregon rivers and streams.

The First Decade – 1977 to 1987

In 1977, representatives of 17 Northwest groups gathered near Portland to form a coalition to promote alternatives to pesticides. NCAP was founded! The first victory occurred when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invited NCAP member groups to speak at a national conference on the controversial forestry herbicide 2,4,5-T.

After the testimony, EPA suspended forestry uses of 2,4,5-T. NCAP intervened in EPA hearings to permanently cancel 2,4,5-T. EPA moved the hearings to Eugene so that representatives of NCAP member groups who had been harmed by spraying could testify and be cross-examined by industry lawyers.

NCAP grew to five regional councils and 50 member groups!

• Carbaryl was sprayed in Salem, Oregon for gypsy moth control, alarming many local residents.

• Eugene, Oregon’s school board banned most herbicide use on its school grounds.

• EPA canceled all uses of 2,4,5-T and Silvex, a closely related herbicide.

• NCAP grew to 70 member groups.

• NCAP member groups won two more legal cases about federal agency spray programs. NCAP and two collaborating organizations then filed suit against the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service to expand the scope of the three legal victories.

• A federal judge ruled in favor of NCAP in our lawsuit. When the agencies failed to implement his order, the judge issued an injunction stopping their herbicide use.

• NCAP News became the Journal of Pesticide Reform.

• NCAP became a membership organization rather than a coalition of member groups. Soon we had more than 1,000 members.

• After intensive lobbying efforts by NCAP, a groundwater protection law passed in Oregon.

• The Forest Service adopted a new vegetation management policy for Oregon and Washington. Responding to pressure from NCAP, the policy emphasized prevention of vegetation problems, rather than simply killing weeds, and set a goal of reducing reliance on herbicide use.

• NCAP developed a regional program to assist people who had been exposed to pesticides and helped Tigard, Oregon, residents fight a Japanese beetle eradication program.

• NCAP worked for strong implementation of Oregon’s groundwater law.
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Re: Groups leading the fight against chemical herbicides

Postby adminjt » Sat Dec 18, 2010 9:15 pm

June 2, 2010

Lorrie Otto
'Nature Lady' Otto helped lead DDT fight
Michael Sears

Lorrie Otto (left) leads the "Natural Landscape Tour" along the banks of Lake Michigan in the 9700 block of N. Lake Drive. A video crew from NBC News photographed the event for a segment.
She began with natural yards, progressed to national causes

By Amy Rabideau Silvers of the Journal Sentinel

Lorrie Otto understood that it wasn't nice to mess with Mother Nature.

And so the woman known as "the Nature Lady" planted her Bayside yard with native species and wildflowers - fighting for the right to keep her land natural and teaching others how to do the same. She rose to become an environmental warrior, a leader in the battle to ban DDT in Wisconsin and then nationally.

She shared her vision that average people could make a difference by eliminating the standard lawn for more ecological alternatives. The well-manicured lawn was not, she said, a healthy green space.

"They look like golf courses," Otto once said, then corrected herself. "They look like cemeteries."

Otto died of natural causes Saturday in Bellingham, Wash., where she moved in 2008 to be near her daughter. She was 90.

Otto served as a founder and leader with groups including Citizens Natural Resources Association of Wisconsin, the Riveredge Nature Center and Wild Ones. She became a nationally recognized naturalist and speaker, called "the godmother of natural landscaping." Media credits include everything from Martha Stewart Living to "NBC Nightly News."

"In recent years, a New Yorker article credited her and Rachel Carson for leading the movement," said daughter Tricia Otto, referring to the author of the famous book "Silent Spring."

Otto was named to the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame in 1999. The Schlitz Audubon Center's annual natural yards tour is named in her honor.

"If suburbia were landscaped with meadows, prairies, thickets or forests, or combinations of these, then the water would sparkle, fish would be good to eat again, birds would sing and human spirits would soar," Otto said.

She was born Mary Lorraine Stoeber, taking the name Lorrie after marriage. She grew up on a family dairy farm in Middleton and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

During World War II, she saw an advertisement for the Women Airforce Service Pilots - what the ad called the "Cream of the Crop" - her daughter said.

"You had to be college-educated and have a pilot's license," Tricia said. "She went to the local airport and, with her own money, became a pilot."

WASP pilots were civilians and the first women to fly American military planes. Just before she graduated, the war was coming to an end and the program quickly disbanded. She married her high school sweetheart, Owen Otto, and they settled in Bayside about 1952.

For Otto, the battles for natural landscaping and against DDT began in her own yard.

The former farm girl planted the family's yard in a natural way, mostly to create "an enchanting place for my children to play."

Soon Otto was confronting what she called "the lawn police" in Bayside. One day, a crew arrived and mowed part of her yard. She fought back, proving that her yard might look wild but that it did not contain weeds.

"She was so passionate," Tricia said. "She would appear in court as an expert witness to defend someone whose yard was being persecuted."

In the late 1950s, she learned of plans to develop the Fairy Chasm woodland area in her area. "She finally triumphed in 1969, when the Nature Conservancy purchased Fairy Chasm," according to a copyrighted article by the National Wildlife Federation.

Those were also the days of routine DDT spraying, first to kill mosquitoes and then to kill the beetles destroying elm trees.

"Robins would go into convulsions. . . . I'd see the dead robins near the road," she told The Milwaukee Journal in 1992. "Red bats would be dangling dead in the rosebushes."

"She carried big bushel baskets of dead robins into village hall," Tricia said. The official response ranged from indifferent to angry. "They said, 'What do you want, lady, birds or trees?' "

Otto took the fight to the state level, finally deciding to sue. She contacted the Environmental Defense Fund, a fledgling out-of-state group that won a national reputation for action in Wisconsin. In 1970, Wisconsin banned the use of DDT. The federal ban was approved in 1972.

"She invited scientists from all over the country to her house, and they worked on the paper to present to Congress to get the ban on DDT," said Dorothy Boyer, a friend and president of the Milwaukee North chapter of Wild Ones. "She had scientists sleeping in sleeping bags in her living room."

Years later, she was still making new friends and encouraging others. One younger couple, Susannah and Lon Roesselet, began their own natural landscaping in Bayside a few years ago.

"One day the doorbell rang and this little white-haired woman was there, saying, 'Hello, my name is Lorrie Otto,' " Susannah Roesselet said. "We knew about her. She stepped in and became our mentor. Our entire yard is now natural; she is everywhere. She'll be missed, but she left her mark."

When Otto finally had to leave her own home, she moved to Washington state to live with her daughter on a hundred acres of natural land.

"She was just having a ball," Tricia said. "Living here, she said, you could believe the world was happy and whole."

And Otto made plans for her own last plot of land, delighted to find a green burial cemetery and planting flowers on what would be her own grave. She will be buried without benefit of embalming or chemicals, returning to the earth she loved.

Otto is also survived by her sister, Betty Larson.

A Wisconsin gathering is being planned by friends.

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Lorrie Otto, shown in 1999, kept a lively prairie garden.

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Re: Groups leading the fight against chemical herbicides

Postby adminjt » Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:37 pm



Dear Friends

Northern Ontario was strongly represented at a May Day Rally on May 1st and a Nation Building Conference on May 2nd hosted by the United Steel Workers Local 1005 in Hamilton which included many different unions and locals from across Ontario and Canada.

At the rally Rolf Gerstenberger, President of USW Local 1005 called for unity to defend manufacturing jobs and protect pensions. CEP president Dave Coles spoke on forestry, communications and energy related issues.

Many workers from USW Local 6500 traveled from Sudbury to participate in the May Day celebration. They are in a bitter 10 month strike against foreign owned Vale-Inco’s demands for huge concessions.

It was very encouraging and inspirational to witness the three largest industrial unions in Canada, the USW, the CEP and the CAW along with many other large unions marching shoulder to shoulder waving their distinctive banners for the same common cause. Such unity is something STRONG has pushed for in Northern Ontario for over five years.

The May 2nd conference chaired by Rolf Gerstenberger introduced several speakers who formed discussion panels. The first speaker of the day, Al Simard of STRONG, (Saving The Region of Ontario North Group), spoke on forestry followed by Ben Lefebvre, chairperson for the CAW Local 599 bargaining committee and their president Dennis Couvrette who addressed mining issues and the injustice of Xstrata's closure of the Kidd Metallurgical facility near Timmins.

The consensus was we must continue to build, expand, support, participate and promote a collective power of the people to vigorously oppose the ongoing government supported suppression of workers, orchestrated in a team effort between giant multi-national corporate monopolies to control our natural resources and our economies.

Government top priority should be the health and welfare of its citizens including First Nations. Instead they wave the flag of democracy with the left hand while implementing policies with the right that leave us at the total mercy of the faceless multinational corporations who often display heartless arrogance while wiping out entire communities, forcing families into poverty in their own pursuit for profit.

I’m not saying we should close our boarders or we shouldn’t play ball with multinationals but the record shows that both senior levels of government obviously do not have the back-bone or the will to protect their own people from this invasion of our economies and our quality of life. We must hold them responsible and not forget come election time.

Al Simard - STRONG president

RR#2, Lot 3, Con 9, Kapuskasing ON, P5N 2X8, Phone: 705-337-1580, Cell: 705-335-0627

Together We’re STRONG!
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Re: Groups leading the fight against chemical herbicides

Postby adminjt » Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:36 pm

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Re: Groups leading the fight against chemical herbicides

Postby adminjt » Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:35 pm

Group hopes to change forest rules
Recent clearings prompt founding of Log Smarter
Becky Kramer
The Spokesman-Review

Tags: Bob Hosking Brian Kernohan Ferry County Forest Capital Partners Log Smarter Mike Slater stevens county timberland Washington Forest Practices rules

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Northeast Washington’s arid forests aren’t suited to large clear-cuts or aerial spraying of herbicides, says a citizens group that wants to change the state’s forest practices rules.

The group, which calls itself Log Smarter, formed after Port-land-based Forest Capital Partners bought 265,000 acres in Stevens, Ferry and Pend Oreille counties. Over the past five years, bare spots have appeared on hillsides as the company cleared stands of trees and killed underbrush with herbicides.

Forest Capital officials say they’re addressing diseased stands and other problems through intensive management. But critics say the resulting landscape looks like a strip mine. The spraying takes out huckleberries and other brush that supports moose, deer and songbird populations.

“We have a sense of urgency; it’s happening so fast,” said Mike Slater, a Stevens County resident and Log Smarter co-chairman. “At the rate they’re spraying and clear-cutting, it will be too late to do anything in a few years.”

Forest practice rules allow clear-cuts of up to 240 acres and herbicide application on private land. Slater said the Forest Practices Board should examine whether the logging methods – more common in wetter, coastal regions – are appropriate for the dry, slow-growing forests east of the Cascades.

The group is gathering signatures for a petition that it plans to present to the Forest Practices Board at its May 11 meeting in Olympia.

Brian Kernohan, Forest Capital’s policy director, said critics are losing sight of scale. As part of its timber harvest, the company clear-cuts about 2 percent of its Northeast Washington acreage each year and sprays 1.5 percent.

The practices will reinvigorate forestlands the company purchased from Boise Cascade in 2005, Kernohan said. Boise Cascade had moved away from clear-cutting. As a result, many tree stands were plagued by disease and dominated by low-value white fir, he said. As Forest Capital replants its cutover lands, herbicides help new tree seedlings by removing competing brush, he said.

“In 50 years, we’ll have a much healthier forest,” Kernohan said. “We’re analyzing the stand today, looking at how we can create a healthy, viable, valuable forest for the future.”

But Kernohan said Forest Capital would support a scientific review of Washington’s forest practice rules. “We’re not opposed to adaptive management,” he said.

The rules strive to balance profits and environmental protections, said Marc Engel, an assistant division manager at the state Department of Natural Resources.

“While providing for a viable timber industry, we want to make sure that we’re protecting public resources” – such as soil productivity and water quality, Engel said.

The rules are uniform throughout most of the state, though the size of stream buffers varies by region.

Changing the rules can’t be done on a whim, Engel added. The rules must be altered by a court order, an act of the state Legislature or through adaptive management, which is a science-based review of the regulations.

Log Smarter hopes to gather 600 signatures from local residents to present at the May meeting. Bob Hosking, a retired forester, is among those who signed the petition. His family owns 21 acres of recreation property adjacent to Forest Capital land in Ferry County.

“It’s an area we’ve hunted for 30 years,” Hosking said. “One day, my son came home and said ‘Dad, it looks like someone dropped an atom bomb up there.’ ”

The deer were gone, Hosking said. So were the trees and the underbrush.

Hosking worked for the Forest Service and later consulted for private landowners in Eastern Washington. He said he didn’t prescribe clear-cuts because the sites are too dry.

“Eighteen inches is the average annual precipitation for Republic,” he said. “The seedlings don’t get the roots down quick enough to get the moisture, especially when you strip the shade off.”

But the spraying concerns him even more than the clear-cuts, Hosking said.

“The herbicides kill everything to clear dirt. If there’s any ponderosa pine kicking around, it will kill them, too,” he said.

Forest Capital’s Kernohan said many sites are too brushy to regenerate trees without killing the underbrush. In 20 years, those bare spots will be vibrant stands of trees, he said.

“They proclaim it’s a community dependent on its forest resources,” he said of critics. “We’re creating a working forest that will add value to the future economy.” ... t-friendly
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