Conservation groups and anti-toxics organizations are pushing for three Oregon ballot initiatives that would ban post-logging aerial herbicide spraying and strengthen other forest laws.
The Register-Guard reports that Mountain Rose Herbs executive Shawn Donnille said Wednesday that he has become chief petitioner in the drive to get all three measures on the November ballot. Mountain Rose, based in Eugene, grows, blends and sells certified organic herbal products.
The groups have turned in 1,300 voter signatures in support of each initiative. For a proposed ballot measure to move to the next step, they need 1,000 state-verified signatures each. They would then need 88,000 signatures per measure to make it on the ballot.
Timber advocates say aerial spraying is the most economical and efficient way to kill fast-growing weeds.