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Toxic Sprays in Oregon's Forests

The Triangle Lake/Hwy 36 pesticide sprays were featured on PBS's NewsHour this week. 

The people around Triangle Lake have been fighting the timber industry over toxic sprays for years. Companies such as Roseburg, Weyerhaeuser and Seneca Jones say they have the right to spray on their private lands, and that the sprays are necessary to regrow the clearcut forests for future wood products.

Residents say the toxic sprays are getting in their water, onto their organic farms and even into their own bodies.

Triangle Lake residents, including children, have tested postive for forestry pesticides in their urine. Here's just some of the coverage we've featured in the paper, to give you a sense of the history. From schools surrounded by clearcuts to Homeland Security targeting pesticide protesters, it's a twisted tale.

March 2006: The Pitchfork Rebellion against the toxic sprays arises. Story by Kera Abraham.

February 2008: Small Town, Big Clearcut: Parents fight a pesticide spray after Weyerhaeuser clearcuts around Triangle Lake school. Story by Camilla Mortensen.

June 2008: Homeland Security keeps tabs on pestcide activtists. Activists pepper sprayed at rally.

May 2011: Testing shows pesticides in school's waterMarch 2012: Problems with the state spray study arise.

September 2012: Fall spray season begins, but the study remains in limbo.

Want more? Go to the Eugene Weekly website and Google "spray schedule" to see the years and years worth of pesticide spray alerts that Forestland Dwellers has sent EW to publish. Search for "Triangle Lake" to get all the articles on the fight against the sprays in Oregon's Coast Range.