Herbicides Proposed at Shasta Lake

A Forest Service proposal to use herbicides to kill invasive broom plants in Whiskeytown Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area is counterproductive and shortsighted as it unnecessarily adds chemicals to public lands. Californians for Alternatives to Toxics (CATs) urges the Forest Service to utilize a non-chemical approach only for invasive plant management to protect native vegetation and create habitat for wildlife.

The project proposes to treat invasive Scotch broom, French broom and Spanish broom on 112 acres along Packers Bay Road on Shasta Lake with the herbicide glyphosate.

To its credit, the Forest Service plan takes an integrated approach to broom management with mechanical methods, prescribed fire and native re-vegetation. CATs’ response to the initial proposal encourages to the Forest Service to further develop the non-chemical strategies, leave out the herbicide completely and to develop an integrated pest management protocol for the area.

Get Involved: The Forest Service's proposed activities at Shasta Lake are open to public comment.

– Read CATs’ letter urging the Forest Service not to use herbicides (205 kb pdf file)

– Visit the Shasta Lake Unit website to read the project scoping letter

– Contact the Forest Service to learn more about the proposal and to get on the project mailing list: Todd Johnson, Packers Bay Invasive Plant Species Removal Project Leader (530) 275-1587

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