GMF to Spray Roundup Like Herbicide Near Roaring Brook

Rodeo and Accord are variations on the RoundUp formulation and are not supposed to contain the toxic surfactant POEA; we must assume that GMF will not add the surfactant on site. Many feel the results of glyphosate testing are incomplete.

From Selectboard Mtg Minutes 6/1/17
“They would like to prevent the spread of invasive species this summer before the logging operation. They will be targeting Morrow’s honeysuckle and garlic mustard on areas of Maltese Road and County Road, and multiflora rose, Morrow’s honeysuckle, Japanese knotweed, common buckthorn, and Norway maple tree on Risky Ranch Road. Some plants will be hand-pulled and some will be sprayed with a glyphosate herbicide such as Rodeo or Accord. Most of the vegetation is on National Forest land but some extend onto private land. They have requested permission from the individual landowners and will not treat any species without the owner’s consent. They will send pictures of the plants so they can be identified along with a risk assessment for the herbicides. The contractor will put up signs when they are spraying and when the area is safe again. Mike Denault asked if the benefits outweighed the negatives. They are hoping to prevent the seeds being dragged farther into the woods by the logging equipment. The Selectboard will not give permission to work in the town’s right-of-way until the landowners give their permission first.”

 

7 thoughts on “GMF to Spray Roundup Like Herbicide Near Roaring Brook”

  1. Is there any way to go from assuming to confirming on this? Can the town ask GMF to use a safer herbicide? (if there is any such thing)

      1. I read this document and many others before making the post. In my opinion, no glyphosate herbicide should be used ever but especially in the higher elevations. I will be attending the selectboard meeting as I have many questions regarding this proposal.

        1. Thanks for the links, CJ and Helen. Agreed that using herbicides the way GMF wants to is going to be harmful and ineffective (as is usually the case with herbicides). We’ll try to be at the selectboard meeting on Thursday.

  2. According to documentation related to most of the target invasive species, the previous year’s seeds can remain viable for 5 to 12 years. The logging operations are planned to go for 5 to 6 years. It would seem GMF would have needed to start spraying at least 5 years ago and continue for the next 5 to 6 years. That’s a lot of RoundUp potentially getting into the watershed.

  3. Like many of you responding here, I have great concern about the use of herbicides. The cancer-causing properties of Roundup have recently come to light after years of use. Our water is a precious resource. Amphibians are an important part of keeping bugs at bay. Let us be very careful proceeding here.
    I cannot be there for this meeting but I urge great caution with respect to this idea.

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