Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Forest Service introducing Bhopal chemical to Black Hills environment

While lodgepole pine is native to the Black Hills ponderosa pine only reached the Hills and northern Rockies a thousand years ago; but, under orders from timber monopolist, Neiman Enterprises, a Colorado contractor working for the Black Hills National Forest is spraying Carbaryl on ponderosa pine trees.
"This is a little early. We usually wait until the later part of April," said Black Hills National Forest timber planner Blaine Cook. "But we want to get these recreation sites sprayed because our campground hosts come in and they want to get ready for the tourism season." This year the spray crew will hit 3,700 trees at 28 locations across the Black Hills, most of them at campgrounds and recreation sites, along with a few U.S. Forest Service administrative centers. [Kevin Woster, KELO teevee]
Carbaryl (1-naphthyl methylcarbamate) is a white crystalline solid commonly sold under the brand name Sevin®, a trademark of the Bayer Group. It kills beneficial insects like honeybees as well as crustaceans not to mention its havoc wreaked on fungal communities and amphibians. Sevin® is often produced using methyl isocyanate the chemical that Union Carbide used to kill thousands of people in Bhopal, India.

The deadly chemicals migrate easily into waterways then into groundwater. Bayer CropScience is in court after studies ordered by the US Environmental Protection Agency confirmed that another Bayer pesticide is too toxic for wildlife to keep on the market.

EPA has found that 97% of endangered species are threatened by pesticides like Carbaryl. The Black Hills is home to the threatened northern long-eared bat, the American dipper and the black-backed woodpecker that feeds on bark beetles.

The mountain pine beetle is hard at work clearing centuries of overgrowth throughout the Rocky Mountain Complex, so is the western spruce budworm and the spruce beetle. But leaving dead or dying conifers on the forest produces methane, an even more dangerous greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide is.

Water supplies are critical this year as human-caused climate disruptions reduced snowpack in the Black Hills. Insects and fire are critical to reversing the ravages of conifer overgrowth on the Rocky Mountain West.

3 comments:

  1. Update, 21 April, 1000 MDT: earth hater industrial ag groups are urging EPA not to ban the pesticide Chlorpyrifos: WNAX.

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  2. Update, 25 April, 1720 MDT: At the Storm Hill Fire near Hill City trees were recently sprayed to slow mountain pine beetle "and now fire crews are at risk and the flames set off faster. The combination of the dead trees and chemicals from the bug spray is making a lot of the trees fall over."

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  3. In a related story, Neiman Enterprises dupe Craig Bobzien is leaving the Forest Service: Rapid City Journal. The Service could be liable for lung damage caused by wildfire smoke laced with chemicals sprayed on pine trees.

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