‘Herbicides are NOT the right way to manage our forests,’ Says Letter to the Editor
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I thank Uri Driscoll and Kym Kemp for bringing to our attention that the National Park Service has teamed up with Monsanto, and is proposing a plan to control the non-native plant species found in our forested watersheds with herbicides.
Herbicides are highly toxic, oil-based, chemicals that are known to persist and accumulate in the environments into which they are released. They also persist and accumulate in fish, animals, and human beings. They even show up in women’s breast milk.
Monsanto is currently in court, battling a class-action lawsuit in which eight hundred people claim that using Monsanto’s herbicides gave them cancer. Monsanto is also fighting a ruling by the State of California, that demands its herbicides are listed as carcinogenic.
Yet, the National Park Service deems it a good idea to plan a wide-scale release of these chemicals into our local forests, our watersheds, our rivers, and our communities?
This plan would immediately and directly threaten the fisheries, Native American and non-native commercial fisheries. The rivers are already in grave condition with record low salmon runs. The state’s baseline use of herbicides is already implicated in degrading these river ecosystems, and their declining fish populations. A plan to release more of these chemicals is mind-boggling.
Incidentally, the use of herbicides also contributes to the state’s decline of wild bee populations, which, in turn, is closely associated with losses in wildflowers.
Herbicides are NOT the right way to manage our forests, and we cannot allow them to be used in our watersheds or near our communities.
Please come to the meeting at the Humboldt Area Foundation on Indianola Road, at 6:30 on Wednesday evening, to voice your concerns.
Please bring your family and friends. Bring the Baykeepers and the Riverkeepers. Bring the Waterprotectors and their allies. Bring the fishers and all the people who love to eat fish. Bring the kayakers and the hikers who love the forest. Bring anyone who thinks that Monsanto has no right to be dumping their chemicals into our watersheds.
Let’s tell the National Park Service, “NO!”
Elisabeth Keesling, in Westhaven