Jefferson County forest landowners and managers will be applying herbicides on
their property by helicopter this spring, between April 22 and May 15.Dates of application will depend on the weather.The herbicides that will be used include"Oust Extra" (sulfometuron methyl), Accord (glyhosate), Polaris SP (Imazapyr).Surfactants will also be added to increase the spray efficiency.
Sites of the aerial spraying are scattered through east
JeffersonCounty.The spraying is considered necessary to control vegetation that competes
with tree seedlings and effects their growth.Notification of neighbors is being done by the companies involved,
normally by house calls.The
spraying will be conducted by a low-flying helicopter which releases spray
through multiple, calibrated nozzles.
The spraying personnel are regulated by the Washington State Dept. of
Agriculture and the spraying itself is regulated by the Dept. of Natural
Spraying is contingent on low winds to prevent drift.All streams and wetlands will be buffered as per the tables found in
Chapter 222-38 WA Administrative Code (WAC).There will be no application to flowing or standing water.The companies involved make every effort to ensure the spray strikes only
the areas targeted.
A monitoring program coordinated by the Jefferson County Conservation District
has been in place since 1985.A
voluntary agreement was drawn up between the County and forest land
owners/managers regarding aerial application procedures.The overall intent of the agreement is to notify the public about the
chemicals involved, and when and where the spraying will occur.
Maps of the spray areas are posted at the Conservation District office (205 W.
Patison St., Port Hadlock) and website (www.jeffersoncd.org), and the County
Commissioners office at the Courthouse.Questions on the spraying should be directed to Mike Glass at Olympic
Resource Management (360-297-0570, x27) or the Conservation District Office