The following is posted at the request of Pope Resources as a public information service.  Additional information is available on their website,

  1. Herbicides are used to ensure that the trees we are legally required to replant are able to survive and grow and to control invasive species.
  2. It is illegal for any applicator to allow herbicides to leave the site through any mechanism.
  3. In Jefferson County, Pope Resources generally only applies herbicides once over the course of a 45 year rotation.  Put another way, herbicides are only applied on 3% of Pope ownership each year.
  4. We apply herbicides at small concentrations, usually well below the limits prescribed by both State and Federal law. The herbicide mix for site preparation and release applications is between 85% and 90% water.
  5. Herbicides are approved for use by the Environmental Protection Agency, and further regulated by the Washington State Department of Agriculture as well as the Department of Natural Resources for aerial application. Pope Resources has invited the State agencies to be present during our application.
  6. These agencies are responsible for ensuring that all users of herbicides follow the law.
  7. We decide which herbicides to use based on the type of vegetation present on the site as well as other site conditions.

Here are some points from Pope Resources regarding bees:

  1. We are not using insecticides in any form.
  2. The herbicides we use have been studied carefully to ensure that when applied properly they do not effect human health and the environment.
  3. The herbicides we use do not remove all species that pollinators utilize.
  4. Our harvesting actually creates more early successional habitat across the landscape for pollinators that would not exist without our clear cuts.
  5. Commercial bee keepers use our clear cuts to store their bees when they are not being used for pollinating commercial agriculture crops because they view our lands as safe for their bees.

Adrian Miller VP at Pope Resources, is the contact. DNR’s office is in Forks, 360-374-2806.