The following is an article from the Xerces Society. The group is an extreme environmentalist organization and their members have made some outrageous claims. One was when their representative explained that mosquitoes were equal to boys, which is absolutely absurd. They take credit for stopping the spraying, but offer no real solutions to the problem. The only way to solve this infestation is to dike the marsh, and drain the swamp before we are paying for a vector control taxing district.....Rob T.
Xerces Opposes Bandon Marsh Spraying
The Xerces Society urges the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service not to spray Bandon Marsh NWR for the control of nuisance mosquitos because the treatment will harm wildlife, cause disruption to the refuge ecosystem and will likely not be an effective way to manage mosquitoes.
By Celeste Mazzacano and Scott Hoffman Black
Scientists at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation sent a letter on September 3, 2013 to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asking that the agency abandon a proposed mosquito control project at the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. Although no public health emergency had been declared, and no existence of mosquito-transmitted disease had been found, a decision was made to spray about 10,000 acres in and around the refuge with two insecticides, Dibrom and MetaLarv S-PT. Both of these insecticides are toxic to a broad variety of wildlife. Click here to download the full letter as a pdf.
Do you want to complain about the Bandon spraying proposal? Click here for a complete list of contact information, from city officials to U.S. senators. Media September 3, 2013: Click here to view the Xerces Society’s press release concerning its letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
September 9, 2013: Xerces Society to speak at public meeting for Bandon Marsh spraying. Click here to view the press release.
September 10, 2013: Majority of residents at public meeting speak out against Bandon Marsh spraying plan. Click here to view the press release.
September 11, 2013: Click here to read the Xerces Society’s letter to the editor of the Bandon Western World concerning the Bandon Marsh NWR spraying plan.
September 11, 2013: Coos County cancels aerial spraying of 10,000 acres. To read the press release, Click here.
The Nature Conservancy---Contact the Oregon Leadership Team
Promoting the Bandon Marsh at the Oregon Film Festival
Federal Register taking comments on hunting in The Bandon Marsh
The Nature Conservancy---Oregon Grasslands: Crucial for Wildlife Survival
The Bandon Marsh Mosquito Farm
CCT---The Mosquito Survey of Impacts and Damages
CCT---Bandon Marsh Mosquito Meeting September 21, 2013
BOC---Town Hall on the Bandon Marsh Mosquito Source Control September 6, 2013
USFWS---Public Responses to the Bandon Marsh Mosquito Invasion
Letter to Mr. Lowe of the USFWS about the Bandon Marsh Mosquitoe Problem
Department of Interior---Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations AKA The Coquilles
USFWS---Bandon Marsh Expansion Meeting Friday August 30, 2013