Westward Independent

Concerns Rise As Ministry Of Forests Plans Extensive Herbicide Spraying In Regional Districts

by Westward Independent


In a recent press release, the Ministry of Forests announced a sweeping spraying campaign across all Regional districts, eliciting concerns over potential threats to water sources, wildlife, and human health.

However, the 30-day public input period appears inadequate, leaving many citizens uninformed about the risks associated with the proposed use of multiple chemicals.

The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD), emphasizing local water source health, raises questions about the decision’s transparency. The absence of key stakeholders, including the Green Party and a local MP advocating for toxin-free feminine hygiene products, adds to the unease. Their involvement is essential for a comprehensive assessment of environmental and health impacts.

This situation demands a more inclusive approach to decision-making. The Ministry must engage with the community on a larger scale, offering accessible information and a platform for meaningful citizen input. The current timeline does not align with the gravity of the decision; an extension of the public input period is essential. Our collective well-being and environmental health hinge on a transparent, inclusive, and deliberative process.

The person responsible for coordinating the management of invasive plants under this PMP on behalf of the Ministry of Forests, and the principal contact for information related to this plan is: Sheryl Wurtz – Invasive Plant Specialist, Ministry of Forests 441 Columbia Street Kamloops BC V2C 2T3, or contact your local MP, MLA, and Area Director today!

A letter from a concerned citizen: Ministry of Forests, Invasive.plants@gov.bc.ca

To Ministry of Forests, media, the men and women who live in British Columbia:

RE: Application number: FOR-SBC-PP-2024-2029. This application is addressed as an invasive species plan giving the illusion it is not decided yet what the plan is, and using deadly chemicals, toxins and poisons classed as herbicides to eradicate invasive species. It makes no sense and I don’t understand why the government would utilize this arsenal of poisons in one breath then talk about climate change in the next. Also stated in the plan is cultural control.

What is cultural control?
Plants, trees and vegetation provide us with the air we breathe, the food we eat, the heat and medicine, among a few benefits and without them we no longer exist. Explorers, adventurers, nurseries and travellers have always brought in plants and seeds from other parts of the world. What is indicated as invasive are such plants that today are still being sold in nurseries or as seeds or travellers bring home to try. And polluting the earth with chemicals, toxins and poisons when some of the vegetation to be eradicated, the seeds have a lifespan of 10 years. These tiny seeds are in the ground, and the toxic poisons/chemicals will disperse into the waterways and ecosystem long before the seeds will no longer be viable.


Putting tonnes of toxic chemical poisons into the environment, that all (Yes all) have a detrimental effect on human life, plant and animal life, water systems, bees, environmental, soil and air – is leading us to extinction. I strongly disagree with any plan to limit life on earth through use of toxic chemical poisons whether it is a herbicide, pesticide and/or other pharmaceuticals.

Time frame of application : April 15, 2024 – April 15 2029

Who: The purpose: – invasive plants on Provincial Public Land under jurisdiction of Ministry of Forests; Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure; Ministry of Water, Ministry of Land and Resource Stewardship,Ministry of Environment; Ministry of Climate Change Strategy

Where: Applies to: – Southern and Coastal B.C. and Northern Coast Haida Gwaii, Regional Districts of: Alberni – Clayoquot, Capital, Cariboo, Central Coast, Central, Kootenay, Central Okanagan, Columbia Shuswap, Comox Valley, Cowichan, Valley, East Kootenay, Fraser Valley, Kootenay Valley,, Metro Vancouver, Mount Waddington, Nanaimo, North Coast, North Okanagan, Okanagan Similkameen, Qathet, Squamish-Lillooet, Strathcona, Sunshine Coast, Thompson-Nicola

How: The methods include:Mechanical – cultural – biological control – and herbicides

Application of herbicides by:Wick/wipe-on, stem injection, ground vehicle mounted sprayers, backpack and/or handheld sprayers.
What: Herbicides to be used; Aminocyclopyrachlor – Truvist; Navius VM (Bayer)- (is a tree killing herbicide and as of May 16, 2019 has been restricted in Oregon.); Aminopyralid – Milestone, Restore II, Restore NXT, Clearview, Reclaim IIA (Dow Agrosciences) – (very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects, causes serious eye damage.); Clopyralid – Lontrel XC (Corteva)- (a hormone disruptor that has a similar mode of action to 2,4-D); Dicamba – Dyvel, Vanquish, Banvel- (see diflufenzopyr); Diflufenzopyr Overdrive (BASF/Bayer) – (contain allergen sulfites, eye irritant, skin sensitizer, poison, toxic to non-target terrestrial plants and aquatic organisms. Symptoms of overexposure to dicamba may include dizziness, muscle weakness, loss of appetite, vomiting, decreased heart rate, shortness of breath, incontinence, cyanosis, muscle spasms, exhaustion and loss of voice.); Fluroxypyr Starane, Pulsar- (harmful to aquatic life with long lasting effects.); Glyphosate – Roundup WeatherMax, Vantage Plus Max/VPMII, Vantage XRT; Roundup Transorb HC (Dow Agrosciences)- (associated with non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), have an effect on the environment and be harmful to fish, crustaceans and amphibians as well asbeneficial bacteria in soil and water, harmful to bees.; 2,4-D – 2,4-D Amine 600, Reclaim II B, Restore B, Grazon XC (Dow Agrosciences)- (used in the Vietnam war as Agent Orange, cause coughing, burning, dizziness, temporary loss of muscle coordination, fatigue, muscle weakness,nausea, endocrine-disrupting chemical, impedes normal action of estrogen, androgen and thyroid hormone, decrease fertility, risk of birth defects.; Imazapyr – Arsenal, Arsenal-Powerline, Habitat- (causes serious eye irritation, harmful to aquatic life with long lasting effects.); Metsulfuron-methyl – Escort, Clearview, Reclaim A, Navius VM (Dupont)- (very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects, skin and eye irritation, poisonous if ingested or inhaled, may cause reproduction problems.); Picloram – Tordon 22K, Grazon XC, Tordon 101 (Dow Agrosciences) – (the same as 2,4-D above); Florpyrauxifen-benzyl – Rinskor, Milestone NXT, Restore NXT- (Similar and same effects as glyphosate); Triclopyr – Garlon RTU, Garlon XRT, Triclopyr 480- (causes skin and eye irritation)

Responses must be within 30 days of post. Posted Wednesday November 15, 2023

Would you trust the corporation that has the potential to make millions if not billions of dollars, to give you honest safety reporting? Other research done by concerned individuals and companies, using their own money is far and few between. Governments use our tax dollars to subsidise large corporations so in return politicians get …. Well, let’s just say a lot of money is involved here.

Concerned B.C. resident

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Nancy Roynon Merkosky 01/01/2024 - 11:56 PM

I vehemently object to the spraying of pesticides and the B.C. government’s plan to tackle invasive plants species in this manner! Invasive species should be the least of the government’s concern when they are considering spraying toxic chemicals into the atmosphere. Chemicals that will be absorbed in water, plants, earth, animals, the biological and zoological life we coexist with and above all the effects on humans. We are already subjected to the immoral spraying of stratospheric engineering with no objections by our provincial and federal governments. Enough!! Your intended actions to spray are deadly harmful and will serve to do more damage to all of us than the little positive you believe will come from this. Use your common sense. Do you honestly believe spraying chemicals from an aircraft will be contained and directed specifically at the intended target and not dissipate into the surrounding area??
Nancy Roynon Merkosky

Maureen macaskill 01/02/2024 - 3:07 PM

Please don’t be poisoning our earth let Mother Nature live and thrive, enough is enough

Mark 01/06/2024 - 6:59 AM

This is a huge sweeping decision that may have serious implications. This needs to be stopped. Now.

Concerned citizen 01/27/2024 - 4:13 PM

They have been spraying for years. If you farm or have gardens you can tell the difference in the past couple years. They need to stop but writing them letters will not stop them.. what else can we do.

Teri Walker 01/03/2024 - 5:11 PM

I too am Against the spraying of the lands, be it forested or residential areas.
This stuff is TOXIC & never goes away. It leaches into out waters & poisons everything in its path.

Leigh Clarke 01/03/2024 - 5:16 PM

I admittedly oppose any spring of chemicals or toxic substance on our forest and water supplies. This is completely unnecessary.

Celia Foley 01/03/2024 - 5:34 PM

I too am Against the spraying of the lands, be it forested or residential areas.
This stuff is TOXIC & never goes away. It leaches into out waters & poisons everything in its path.
S.T.O.P. IT ALL NOW! Cease and desist.

Michelle Loughery 01/05/2024 - 9:10 PM

This needs to stop now

Ashley 01/03/2024 - 5:46 PM

Enough is enough!!!! Invasive pest plants…are you serious!!! and you think that spraying toxic chemicals all over our province is the answer!??
This is disgusting and an absolutely OUTDATED practice! LEAVE NATURE ALONE! not only will you be killing plants that people use regularly to eat and heal, but you are destroying our soil and water beds! Not to mention, you’re actively drying out our land EVEN MORE than it already is by destroying ROOT SYSTEMS that help hold moisture in our ground!
The fact that this post only has 3…Now 4 comments should speak volumes to the fact that the vast majority of British Columbian citizens are left in the dark and have absolutely no clue what our government is planning to do… ONCE AGAIN!
Instead of creating VAST areas that will be more susceptible to forest fires… Why not concentrate on controlled burns in the winter. Allow nature to do what it does best and grow naturally. FUN FACT… If you allow the natural native plants grow and flourish, they’ll actually begin to take over and choke out the invasive species of plants ON THEIR OWN! SCIENCE…. weird hey!!!
Chemicals are not the answer – This plan should be scrapped immediately and the people who came up with this plan… SHOULD BE FIRED! To me this just sounds like another way for the government to pocket our tax dollars! and claim that they are making our province “safe and effective”!

Doris Elliott 01/03/2024 - 5:50 PM

And it is not just toxic but also flammable. STOP killing out planet

Lauren Philpott 01/03/2024 - 7:05 PM

Absolutely unnecessary and disgusting! Is this communist China already? Killing the people, not to mention all the animals & wildlife!

Julie Folland 01/03/2024 - 9:16 PM

Seems to me a petition should be created… Perhaps there already is one , if so posting the link would be helpful. To just comment about how wrong this is may help to spread awareness but is not a way to help stop it.
Thank you for helping to spread awareness about another planned genocide on our mother earth and the species that try to survive on it.
Let’s join together to create solutions!

Claudia 01/05/2024 - 7:28 PM

Creating more awareness of what the Corporate Government and it’s Ministries are planning on doing is a MUST. I was made aware of this Toxic spray by a friend. How is it that we the PEOPLE are not properly notified of such proposals to spray Toxins on Land, water, Air affecting all Life on this Planet. i DO NOT CONSENT to any Herbicide or Pesticide spraying via Air, vehicles or wo(man) Reading the deadly side affects of these chemicals makes this Chemical warfare against Nature, humanity and anything living on this planet
I suggest sending Personal Notices of Liability and Cease and Desist to all involved in spraying of Deadly toxins will be more affective than petitions. I also suggest sending letters of NO CONSENT to mayors, council, MPs, MLAs, Ministries Ect. That can also be done as a collective in communities and bridging together communities throughout BC and Canada
here is a link to just one of the chemicals that is intended to be used, this includes plants it will DESTROY, harmful side effects and much more https://www.corteva.ca/content/dam/dpagco/corteva/na/ca/en/files/products/label/DF-Reclaim-II-Herbicide-Label-English.pdf

Val Cain 01/04/2024 - 12:36 PM

I am vehemently opposed to this ‘plan’
What ever happened to government ‘concerns’ about the environment
The forests and water resources will suffer – no doubt about that
Stop and go to a more sensible plan B
Some things are just not fixable – this damage
Cannot be undone

Rebecka 01/04/2024 - 5:21 PM

This is not the solution to whatever “pests” that there are.. Nature always has the cure without causing major repercussions unlike our human tendency to do so. Stop giving money to companies that are selling toxic, cancerous and deadly chemicals for humans and our precious wildlife and eco systems. It would also be worth questioning the cause of the issue to begin with?! Could it be the sprays that are already happening constantly above us or is it caused from all the fire retardant from precious fires? Nature is wise and is always trying to balance itself. Clearly there is an imbalance. Perhaps stop all the sprays in the skies and consult the many soil and regenerative farmer professionals and indigineous that would have a far healthier lasting solution guaranteed!!!! Spraying posuon will have far more harmful effects on us, plant life our wildlife, our water, soil. If the trees aren’t already dried out from miscellaneous sprays, fire retardant sprays etc are probably the root cause…no wonder the trees are burning so easily!!!! I do not consent to this!!!!! And the majority would not if they knew!!!!!! Stop this please to protect our precious land!!!!!! This is not the answer!!!!!!

Carole Rubin 01/05/2024 - 12:36 AM

SERIOUOSLY??? Have you learned nothing over the past 40 years? This must not go forward, period.
Carole Rubin
Garden Bay BC

huguette allen 01/05/2024 - 8:57 PM

This ridiculous plan is another way to destroy the little that remains alive in our forests. It’s hard to believe that it’s being done for any other reason than to increase the value of the shares of chemical companies and to make deforestation even easier. We know, and you that this will kill everything but the conifers, making our forests ready to burst into flames with no water holding trees or plants to diminish the impact of drought. This plan must be scrapped immediately and the way OUR forests are being managed must transition from a corporate model to an ecological one. We want healthy bird and mammal habitat, we want rivers that support fish and insect habitat, we want diversity and health, not dead plantations. I am vehemently opposed to more killing of mother earth.

Sharon. Danroth 01/12/2024 - 11:01 PM

No, No And No! This is unnecessary and unsafe. Poison is poison no matter how you justify it. Stop now. Let Nature be. Let us all live free of imposed Toxins…

Karen E Ledger 01/17/2024 - 6:20 AM

As a Resident of Southern Vancouver Island and the Province of BC, I would hope that that ANY THINKING Person would recognize that herbicides that can kill noxious plants, can also kill or cause harm to every living creature; including humans. WHO in our Government has mandated this dangerous and noxious spraying?
Our Health Care system is already broken, and our lands are already covered with dangerous chemicals from the almost daily Chemtrails that turn our blue skies into dull gray, lifeless ceilings. And we are already likely to be harmed by these as well.

As a Nurse and Health Educator, I am disgusted that our Governments have so little concern for their friends, families and colleagues, as well of the rest of us. Shame on YOU!

Gloria Reibin 01/19/2024 - 4:46 AM

I live and recreate in the Kootenays, and am alarmed at the signs I see posted along some forestry roads about the spraying program. I am deeply concerned about the spraying of toxic chemicals in our forests and watersheds. We love the outdoors and the natural habitat for all types of wildlife. It is proven that the more man interferes with nature, the worse problems get. Leave well enough alone. Mother Nature is resilient and heals herself naturally when left alone.

Sheryl McCumsey 01/19/2024 - 3:59 PM

In being in our forests I have yet to see any such “invasive” species other than Homo sapiens. Forestry companies list berry bushes and deciduous trees as pests on their “pest management plans.” Forestry companies are nothing but big industrial tree plantation companies and are extremely destructive. Landslides, drought, floods and fire are a result. These are all petrochemicals and increase fire risk! The volume of science on these poisons is remarkable and have been ignored at every level of government. PERHAPS it is time to start suing those who are directly responsible for being so irresponsible! I know the public at large has never ever given their consent to such a thing. Read the National Observer to see how badly pesticides are assessed by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency.

Christina Abbott 02/07/2024 - 7:01 PM

This is an assault on everything and everyone
Including wildlife, air we breathe , food we eat, water we drink! They are all connected !
Time to stand up and make our voices heard
There is no longer a just reason for the government to justify this over weeds
I am a survivor or pesticide poisoning, and it took a yr to get it out of my body!!
I pray for God to open the doors for community to rise against this
I petitioned our community and we go to council next Tuesday with a small start
Demanding a bylaw to ban all cosmetic pesticides in city . Next we will do the same in the ALR! I thought I was alone in the beggining
People came out and we are in strong numbers !! You can do it too!

Lorene 06/02/2024 - 11:03 PM

Now after all these assurances of safety, we are facing the consequences of bees dying – our very source to food, which govt. calls food security. Seems like the scenario has happened too many times since the “safe & effective Vaxxine lie.


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