Seneca Jones

Pesticide Spraying
7:39 am
Fri December 5, 2014

How One Complaint Reveals The Flaws In Oregon’s Pesticide Regulation

Joe Valuch, Chris Rusch and Lori Valuch (far right), stand in the Valuches yard and look toward the bare hillside owned, logged and sprayed by the Seneca Jones Timber Company.
Credit Tony Schick / Earthfix

Forest owners in the Northwest use helicopters to spray weed killer after logging.
It’s an effective way to kill plants like blackberry and alder that compete with the next crop of tree seedlings. But it’s controversial. Last year people near the coastal Oregon city of Gold Beach claimed they were poisoned. State officials and timber lobbyists blamed that incident on mistakes by the pilot. But sometimes, communities report drift even when timber companies appear to be following the rules.

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Beyond Toxics
1:12 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Beyond Toxics Files Civil Rights Complaint Over Seneca Biomass Permit

Beyond Toxics has filed a civil rights complaint with the federal government over LRAPA's decision to issue Seneca Sustainable Energy a permit to discharge more particulates into the air in west Eugene.
Credit Seneca Sustainable Energy

A Eugene based environmental watchdog group has filed a federal complaint against the Lane County Air Protection Agency, or LRAPA, over its decision to allow a biomass plant to increase its emissions.

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Elliott State Forest
12:37 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

UPDATE: Activists Disrupt Monday Morning at Biomass Plant In Eugene

Credit Cascadia Forest Defenders

Updated: 7:20pm

Three people were arrested at a protest yesterday at the Seneca-Jones Biomass plant in north Eugene.  The Lane County Sheriff's Office says about 100 people gathered outside the facility to oppose the bio-mass operation and the company's plans to log old growth trees in southwest Oregon.  

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Elliott State Forest
8:41 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Lawsuit Challenges Sale Of Elliott State Forest Parcel

Credit Oregon Department of Forestry

Logging in the Elliott has been restricted to protect a threatened seabird called the Marbled murrelet. As a result, the state is selling five parcels of the forest to make up for lost revenue.

The Audubon Society, Cascadia Wildlands and the Center for Biological Diversity say the state can't legally sell one of those parcels.

That's because the tract used to be part of the Siuslaw National Forest. The groups say Oregon has a law that prohibits the sale of state forest land if it used to be part of a national forest.

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