“Bee-Friendly” Plants May Harm Bees

EUGENE, Ore. — A new report found so-called “bee friendly” plants that are on sale at Lowe’s, Walmart and Home Depot may actually be harming bees. The study was released by Friends of the Earth and allies, including Beyond Toxics. Researchers found 51 percent of garden plant samples purchased at top garden retailers in 18 … Continue reading »

Bee Die-Off Trees Covered

Eugene, Ore.– The spray company under fire for spraying illegal pesticides on trees and killing off thousands of bees is working with the Oregon Department of Agriculture to fix the problem. Glass Tree Care and Spray Service is in the process of covering 17 linden trees with nets on Jacobs Lane in West Eugene. The nets will … Continue reading »

Tree Care Company’s License Revoked

EUGENE, Ore. – A Eugene tree care company is getting its license taken away after nearly 1,000 bees were found dead near an apartment complex in west Eugene. The Oregon Department of Agriculture says Glass Tree Care and Spray Service used pesticides that were banned last year on linden trees on Jacobs Lane this week. The … Continue reading »

Advocates to Ask for Pesticide Ban

SALEM, Ore. — Lawmakers will be hearing from scientists Thursday, about pesticides and their effect on bees. Bee keepers and those in the agricultural business will be at the special legislative session. They’re asking for a ban against pesticides thought to kill bees. Bee advocates say they’ll be delivering a petition that has 12,000 signatures … Continue reading »

City Discusses Pesticides Use in Parks

EUGENE, Ore. — The city council is discussing ways to keep harmful pesticide usage in parks to a minimum. The council reviewed its integrated pest management program. The city currently has eight parks that are pesticide free, but sprays some parks to help get rid of invasive species. “It’s had no unsustainable impact on us, … Continue reading »