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Lincoln County Group Pushes For Aerial Spray Ban

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A citizens group in Lincoln County will gather signatures for a ballot measure to ban aerial spraying of pesticides. If it qualifies, the initiative would be on the May 2017 ballot.

A landowner in Lincoln County challenged the proposed ballot measure in court. The judge said it can go forward with some tweaks to the title. Maria Sause is with Citizens for a Healthy County which sponsors the measure. She wants to ban the spraying of pesticides on nearby forests because she believes it affects human health.
Sause: “Because it is extremely dangerous to, not just to humans, but to wildlife to anything that is alive. I mean those pesticides are poisons that kill. They’re designed to kill what they’re sprayed on.”
It’s legal for state and private forest owners to spray pesticides from the air. A number of citizen groups are trying to change that. There’s an effort underway in Lane County. Supporters are gathering signatures.
 

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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