Helicopter_Spray_2_croppedTimber companies routinely spray their forest lands with hazardous chemicals such as Glyphosate, Atrazine and 2,4-D (an ingredient in Agent Orange) to prevent plant growth after a clear-cut. Due to drift from aerial spraying these chemicals “trespass”, contaminating surface and groundwater, livestock, crops, and people.

Many state laws shield timber companies against liability for the harm they cause as long as they are following what are “generally accepted practices”, including the aerial spraying of herbicides near populated areas. Because of these rules, citizens have no legal recourse to sue timber companies, or the State, for the impact on the health of community members or damage to their property. Local communities have turned to drafting Community Rights initiatives to ban the aerial spraying of herbicides in their counties and assert their right to local decision making.

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Local Self-Governance, Oregon, Pesticides, Preemption

Oregon: Lincoln County Community Rights argues Oregon laws that preempt local governments from regulating pesticides are unconstitutional

ARTICLE Published on October 19, 2017 7:58 AM “An Oregon circuit judge is considering a case that argues local voters have a “natural right” to ban aerial spraying in Lincoln County, despite state statutes to the contrary. Lincoln County voters approved an ordinance earlier this year banning aerial spraying. It […]

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2017 Pacific Northwest/Hawaii Community Rights Update

2017 Pacific Northwest/Hawaii Community Rights Update: Kai Huschke, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund regional organizer. Topics include Coos County, Oregon’s Community Bill of Rights for a Sustainable Energy Future, Lincoln County Oregon’s Freedom from Aerial Sprayed Pesticides ordinance and the History of Community Rights Organizing in Kauai, Maui and Hawaii. […]

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Rights of Nature: A New Paradigm for Environmental Protection with Mari Margil

Fundamental Change Unprecedented species extinction, ecosystem collapse, and climate change evidence the failure of mainstream environmentalism. A global movement is growing to advance fundamental change in the relationship between humankind and the natural world — by eliminating the key barriers to environmental protection and sustainability (including corporate “rights” and powers), and […]