One of our main goals is to help community members find accurate and relevant information regarding pesticide applications near them. Below are some resources and links that can help you stay informed.
“FERNS” – Where is spraying happening near me?
You can subscribe to be notified by the Oregon Department of Forestry of any spray operations happening near you, which will provide you with the information on who/what/where is being sprayed, and give you an opportunity to comment on the operations. Visit their FERNS (Forest Activity Electronic Reporting and Notification System) website to sign up. Once you register, you can specify an area of interest (e.g. your home) and activity (fungicide, herbicide, or insecticide application – there is currently no way to specify aerial applications). Foresters must file 15 days before beginning an operation (although exemptions are not uncommon), and you have 15 days to submit a comment on the planned activity.
This video provided by ODF will walk you through the e-notification subscribing process, or you can attend one of our workshops for more information on how to use this tool. Always feel free to contact us with questions!
Nationwide Pesticide Drift Hotline: 211
If you suspect chemical trespass from a nearby pesticide application, call 211, where you can report the incident to the Pesticide Analytical and Response Center (PARC). Check out this document, “Coordinating Oregon’s Response to Pesticide Incidents”, to learn more about their work.
Links to Resources
“Research and Resources on the Negative Effects of Pesticide and Aerial Spray” A synthesis of current research, followed by a list of references.
Oregon Forest Voices The stories of communities and people standing up to Oregon’s destructive logging rules.
Beyond Toxics Leadership for a Clean and Just Oregon