Push for pesticide buffer

Members of the Lane County Board of Commissioners are considering pesticide changes.

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Three of the five members of the Lane County Board of Commissioners confirmed that they will consider proposals on pesticide, including creating a pesticide buffer zone around homes and ending conflicts of interest on the Oregon Board of Forestry.

Organic farmer and pastor Day Owen lives with his wife and daughters on 35 acres of land in a notch in the Coast Range on Highway 36, a few miles west of Triangle Lake. A gently sloping spread of orchard, vegetable and herb gardens with goats and dogs and cats, it’s the kind of bucolic setting Owens had dreamed of before moving there five years ago from Veneta.

What he didn’t expect was the regular application of herbicides by helicopter common on the commercial forest land that surrounds him and his family.

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