Widespread glyphosate spraying of North American forests continues unabated
The purpose of these herbicide and glyphosate applications is primarily to wipe out deciduous broadleaf tree species of lesser commercial value than conifers or softwoods like Lodgepole Pine or Douglas fir . In Canada the primary broadleaf “weed” is Trembling Aspen, a tree of critical importance to our ecosystems. Other “weeds” include alder, birch, live oak, maple, willow, and countless other leafy plants and shrubs including berry plants like raspberry, saskatoons and blueberry.
In BC, herbicide spray treatment of regenerated cutblocks is a long-standing practice. We’ve sprayed or manually brushed over 1.3 million hectares of forest across the Province since 1980, an area a third the size of Vancouver Island. We still spray around 15,000 hectares a year today, mostly in the Central Interior.
The elimination of aspen and weed species (including berries) from our forests has mostly negative results including:
- less biodiversity in our forests
- loss of forage and habitat for up to 55 species of wildlife and 135 species of birds
- less resistance to fire – deciduous species have a higher tolerance to fire and are resistant to burning.
In addition, the herbicide used, glyphosate, is currently being researched and investigated for being more toxic than previously thought. It is already known to be toxic to amphibians and fish and it is thought to be toxic to wildlife and possibly carcinogenic to humans. While many countries are looking to control or outright ban the spray of glyphosate, BC is continuing to spray an average of 15,000 ha (37,000 acres) per year. We call on British Columbians to educate themselves and join the fight to STOP THE SPRAY in BC.
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