U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Subject: Extreme pesticide spray plans in California’s
Dear Senator Boxer,
I am writing to express my outrage about the numerous U.S. Forest
Service projects in California involving large-scale pesticide
and herbicide applications. I ask you to do everything in your
power to stop the use of pesticides in our forests.
I am concerned that the Forest Service is increasing the number
and scale of forest plans including pesticides and herbicides
in our public lands. These include the most extreme herbicide
spray plans in the last two decades, with the largest covering
between 13,500 and 8,000 acres each. I worry about the irreparable
damage these chemicals may do to the natural surroundings and
public lands I enjoy, as well as the health hazards these chemicals
pose to my family.
I am concerned that these plans are unnecessary, unwise, and
unsafe for both human and forest ecological health. Forest management
on public lands should be based on long-term ecological health
and should err on the side of safety and conservation. I am troubled
that our public forests are being managed more for timber productivity,
than for ecological integrity and public interests. I worry about
the long-term costs of all these pesticide applications, particularly
those to the environment, the natural area, and the people who
live near and use the national forests.
Please help put an end to these unnecessary and hazardous pesticide
applications in our public lands. Recognize I represent a significant
portion of Californians in my opposition to pesticide use on our
national forests, and that we strongly urge you to convince the
U.S. Forest Service to utilize alternative, non-chemical treatment
methods. Please use the power of your office to help put an end
to these pesticide projects in our forests.