Important Meeting Tonight 7 PM at ASHLAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS on EAST MAIN - Pesticide-Free-Parks Can Be a Reality! | Pesticide Reporting

Dear Friends of Pesticide-Free Ashland Parks and Schools,

Please make your voice heard on the Ashland Parks Dept. (Draft 4) Integrated Pest Management Policy tonight. You can help make it stronger.

The Parks Pesticide Subcommittee will present the draft to the full Parks Commission for their consideration. Commissioners may vote to adopt Draft 4 or ask for a revised 5th draft to be developed.

See Draft #4 of the pesticide policy on the city website at: www.ashland.or.us/News.asp?NewsID=2000

Below are some recommendations for making the policy stronger.

Hope to see you on Monday night,
- Julie Norman

SOME RECOMMENDATIONS for POLICY REVISIONS:
  1. Require posting of warnings 48 hours before all pesticide applications.
  2. Require 50-foot no-spray buffers along streams, playgrounds, picnic areas, and community gardens (rather than the current width of 25 feet); and establish no-spray buffers around streams, waterbodies, and picnic areas at the Oak Knoll Golf Course.
  3. Add language to require a phase out pesticides in Ashland’s parks and schools by 2013, except for specifically permitted emergency applications.
  4. Establlish a citizens’ advisory committee to participate in planning and evaluation of the Parks Department pesticide reduction strategies.Park lovers are invited to a Pesticide Letter-Writing Session (and party) at Headwaters Environmental Center this Thursday the 8th, from 5:30 to 7:30. Drop in's welcome. Refreshments. [Address: 84 4th Street]
Public comment send to: [email protected]

Letter-writing tool at: www.kswild.org

The story was on the Tidings' FRONT PAGE two days later. Here's the link:
http://www.dailytidings.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100402/NEW...

News Article & Resources:

Ashland is supposed to be committed to a path of sustainability. Apparently some of our city leaders have gotten lazy with regards to the pesticide issue.

Ashlanders are opposed to the continued use of pesticides for park, turf and grounds maintenance when there are solid, proven alternatives to such practices.

Instead of just writing letters, you could make copies of the attached "Non-Herbicide Park Maintenance" plans already implemented by various municipalities in California and Oregon and send them to the mayor, city manager, city council, park supervisors, etc.
If they require more information they can contact a coordinator for NCAP in charge of the pesticide-free parks program.

Shelly Connor, NCAP, Pesticide-Free Parks Program Coordinator
[email protected]
(541) 344-5044 x17

The City of Ashland has absolutely "no excuse" for still using pesticides.

If any of you author a brief article on the topic I'll feature the issue widely.

Source: NCAP

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