Myself and others attended the Select board meeting last night to try
and get further information on the herbicide use and logging operations
that are planned for our town. The Select board was receptive of
our inquires and have provided the information made available to their board on this matter (see below). Please read as much of the information as you can, as one resident stated last night, “This probably won’t be the last time we have to face issues like this”.
Three things I learned at the meeting were:
1) GMF can do whatever they want on the land they manage in Stamford regardless of how residents feel their actions may impact the town.
2) The logging operations are currently scheduled to only occur during the winter.
3) The proposed herbicide application duration will not coincide with the logging operation duration.
Since the seeds of the invasive species are (according to research I have conducted) viable for 5 to 20 years; and in the case of Japanese Knotweed, without total eradication suppression either causes the plants to go dormant and return later or the plant can regenerate from the tiniest of remains – I have to ask does it make sense to apply a controversial herbicide on the upper elevations of town with little follow through for eradication and past year’s seeds already on the ground?
I’m not against the removal of invasive species, I do feel the risk/reward equation in this situation is out of balance.
GMF Risk Analysis For Stamford AppendixC_HerbicideRiskAssessmentSentToSelectBoard
Website of the company that provides risk assessment to GMF
The Entire Risk Assessment Document For Glyphosate
United States Dept of Agriculture