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Hunters, birders eye forest herbicide use in NE Washington

A cow moose and calf trip the motion-activated shutter of a trail cam set up in Stevens County by Kevin Scheib of Colville. (Kevin Scheib)
A cow moose and calf trip the motion-activated shutter of a trail cam set up in Stevens County by Kevin Scheib of Colville. (Kevin Scheib)

FORESTS – A Stimson Lumber Co. application to spray herbicides on forest land in Pend Oreille County is drawing concern from wildlife enthusiasts.

Timber companies have been getting permits from the Washington Department of Natural Resources for aerial spraying for years to kill brush that competes in harvested areas with newly planted trees.

But birding groups and some hunters are concerned about the toll the herbicides are taking on native plants and the birds and wildlife that depnd on them, expecially moose.

The Stimson application is for prime moose habitat in the Skookum Lake-Half Moon Lake area as well as around North Baldy and Pelke Divide.




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Rich Landers
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