Siskiyou Land Conservancy

Protecting California’s Wild North Coast and Rivers Since 2004

New Report Shows Impacts of Easter Lily Pesticides on Smith River Residents

In February 2016 Siskiyou Land Conservancy commissioned a Smith River Community Health Assessment to examine the human impacts of pesticides used on Easter lily fields. That report is now available here. Smith River Easter lily farmers apply high concentrations of several toxic pesticides, which area residents have long charged are making them sick. Click here to read more.

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A Message From the Executive Director About Easter Lily Pesticides

It’s probably safe to say that no one likes using pesticides. Even Easter lily farmers have told me that “we don’t like using them,” adding that they have “no choice.” The lily bulb crops would be ruined, they say, without the 300,000 pounds of dangerous chemicals they apply each year to farmlands that surround the Smith River estuary and border residential neighborhoods and an elementary school.

Certainly farming is economically fraught. The weather, the pests, the whims of fickle consumers. Individually and combined, the challenges facing farmers are many. Read More

SLC Protects the Mad River

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Siskiyou Land Conservancy has completed one of our most exciting projects yet. In October 2016 we recorded a conservation easement to protect the natural values of a 183-acre parcel on the Mad River, above Maple Creek in Humboldt County.

California Pesticide Agency’s Phony Award to Easter Lily Farmers

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In March 2015, in one of the most Orwellian displays of deference to industry ever shown by a California state agency, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) gave Easter lily farmers an “Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Innovator Award” for allegedly reducing pesticide use “by about 50 percent over the last 20 years.” Read More

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SLC Protects the Mad River

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Siskiyou Land Conservancy has completed one of our most exciting projects yet. In October 2016 we recorded a conservation easement to protect the natural values of a 183-acre parcel on the Mad River, above Maple Creek in Humboldt County.

Smith River Health Assessment Shows Dangers of Pesticides

A sign in Smith River warns against entering an Easter lily field recently sprayed with the toxic fumigant 1,3-dichloropropene.

The Smith River Community Health Assessment (available here) is the result of a survey mailed earlier this year by Siskiyou Land Conservancy to all residents of the isolated California town of Smith River, which lies near the estuary of the Wild and Scenic Smith River just a few miles south of the Oregon border.

Easter Lily Pesticides in the News

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Just before Easter, the national on-line news magazine TakePart has run a major story about pesticides used on the Smith River Plain to grow Easter lilies. TakePart describes itself as "the digital division of Participant Media," the company that brought us such films as Academy Award winning Spotlight, as well as An Inconvenient Truth and CITIZENFOUR.

SLC, Easter lilies and pesticides on Jefferson Exchange radio Friday, March 25

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Siskiyou Land Conservancy Executive Director Greg King will be a guest on the popular radio show the Jefferson Exchange on Friday, March 25th at 8:30 a.m. to discuss pesticide use on the Smith River Plain. Jefferson Public Radio airs on 11 stations, from Central Oregon to the Mendocino Coast, so to find the station nearest Read More

New Report Shows Pesticide Combinations Greatly Increase Cancer

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The Sustainable Technology & Policy Program at UCLA recently released a report that shows a combination of three commonly used, carcinogenic fumigants — two of which, metam sodium and 1,3-dichloropropene, are used in high concentrations on the Smith River Plain — "can interact to synergistically (to) increase the toxicity to humans." What that means is that the whole carcinogenicity is greater than the sum of the carcinogenic parts.Read More

Smith River Pesticide Presentation Now Available on YouTube

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Our presentation on pesticide use at the Smith River estuary is now up on YouTube.Read More

The four circles represent locations where the California North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, in 2010 and 2013, found “acute (and) chronic reproductive toxicity

The four circles represent where the state Water Board found toxicity in streams feeding the Smith River estuary. The glowing circle is at the mouth of Rowdy Creek, where state scientists discovered “acute reproductive toxicity.”

The four circles represent locations where the California North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, in 2010 and 2013, found “acute (and) chronic reproductive toxicity” in streams feeding the Smith River estuary. The glowing circle is at the mouth of Rowdy Creek, one of the Smith River’s two most important salmon streams, where the state discovered the “acute” toxicity, meaning that invertebrates that make up the basis of the salmonid food chain not only cannot reproduce, but cannot survive in this water.