Eugene’s BLM Wants To Use Herbicides

Glyphosate, Imazapyr, Triclopyr and Clopyralid are four herbicides the Eugene district of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management would like to start using again.

The agency wants to tackle invasive weeds in the area, according to the Register-Guard, which they feel cannot be handled without the use of the herbicides. In 1984 the BLM stopped using the chemicals in Oregon due to a lawsuit filed by Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides, a Eugene nonprofit conservation group.

Photo: Zhen Ming

Roadsides and rights of way are where they would like to focus on, but between 100 and 500 acres would be treated with the chemicals, according to the Eugene Weekly.

Agency officials want to hear what the public has to say about the issue. The spokesman for the Eugene district said they didn’t want people to say “spray” or “don’t spray,” but rather give reasons for or against.

Many in Eugene’s environmentally-conscious community are upset about the proposal. Oregon Toxic Alliance, a local conservation group, posted on Facebook, “take action to stop the spraying of glyphosate and other hazardous synthetic chemicals.” Both the Oregon Toxic Alliance and Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides are spearheading opposition.

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My name is Theo Shorack. I'm studying journalism at the University of Oregon in the hopes of becoming an investigative reporter. I see the need for journalism to change with new technology, but I do like to have a newspaper in my hands.
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