Theres no reason to stop herbicide spraying, company official says

Justin Dickie
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ROSLIN - While concerned Roslin residents are prepared to put up a fight against aerial herbicide spraying in their area, the North Nova Forest Co-op Ltd. plans to go ahead with the spraying of Vision and nothing but the weather will interfere with it.

ROSLIN - While concerned Roslin residents are prepared to put up a fight against aerial herbicide spraying in their area, the North Nova Forest Co-op Ltd. plans to go ahead with the spraying of Vision and nothing but the weather will interfere with it.

"It'll be probably in the next two or three days. It's hard to say for sure. We're not spraying right now because the wind conditions are too high. There's several hundred hectares ahead of it and as soon as those are done then we'll be going in (to Roslin) to do (the spraying)," said North Nova's silviculture supervisor Bruce MacLeod.

A group of about a dozen Roslin residents expected the spraying to take place last Tuesday, so they set up for a protest on Monday next to the expected spray zone. After the contractor notified the residents the helicopters weren't even in the province yet, the group postponed it.

Local beekeeper Jerry Draheim was notified yesterday that the spraying could happen any day now. He plans to protest because he fears that the herbicide could kill his bees or contaminate honey if it were to drift onto his land.

He's currently contemplating a few modes of action, but wouldn't say what they were. He's not sure what the rest of the group will do, either.

"There will probably be people on the site, or near the site anyway. We haven't really come up with a formal plan," he said.

MacLeod said protesters won't stop them from spraying. If they're next to the property, they'll go ahead and if they're on the property, the RCMP will be notified.

"Whether they protest it or not, there's no reason to stop it so it's going to go ahead. If they decide to protest and go onto the site, then we'll take the appropriate action to have them removed," MacLeod said.



jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: North Nova Forest Co-op, RCMP

Geographic location: ROSLIN

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