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1 Borax applied to freshly cut stumps to prevent Heterobasidion Root Disease David Bakke USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry Forest Health Protection.

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1 1 Borax applied to freshly cut stumps to prevent Heterobasidion Root Disease David Bakke USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry Forest Health Protection

2 2 Topics Products available in California Products available in California Application Information Application Information Regulations Regulations NEPA and TS Contract Information NEPA and TS Contract Information Licensing Information Licensing Information

3 3 Treatment Standards R5 FSM 2303 & R5 FSH 3409.11 (recently revised – supplement 3409.11-2010-1) R5 FSM 2303 & R5 FSH 3409.11 (recently revised – supplement 3409.11-2010-1) Developed recreation areas and high value areas (seed orchards, giant Sequoia groves, etc.) Developed recreation areas and high value areas (seed orchards, giant Sequoia groves, etc.) –Treat all conifer stumps >3” outside bark diameter Eastside pine and mixed conifer Eastside pine and mixed conifer –Treat all stumps >14” outside bark diameter Everywhere else Everywhere else –Decided by line officer –Use FHP pathologist recommendation

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6 Borax Pesticides Registered in California There are two products registered for use: There are two products registered for use: –Sporax ® – Wilbur-Ellis Company, EPA # 2935-501 –Cellu-Treat ® – Nisus Corporation, EPA # 64405-8 6

7 7 Sporax ® Sodium Tetraborate Decahydrate Sodium Tetraborate Decahydrate 25 pound bags (approx $65 a bag) 25 pound bags (approx $65 a bag) Apply to freshly cut stump surface ASAP Apply to freshly cut stump surface ASAP Apply salt-shaker style Apply salt-shaker style –1 lb/50 ft 2 stump surface Available through Wilbur-Ellis Company Available through Wilbur-Ellis Company

8 8 Sporax application Notice PPE and application rate

9 9 Cellu-Treat ® DOT Wood Preservative Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate 25 pound pail ($61) or 50 pound bag ($98) 25 pound pail ($61) or 50 pound bag ($98) Apply to freshly cut stump surface ASAP Apply to freshly cut stump surface ASAP Dissolved in Water, applied as a liquid Dissolved in Water, applied as a liquid –1 lb/400 ft 2 stump surface Available through Target Specialty Products Available through Target Specialty Products

10 10 Cellu-Treat application on Plumas using back- pack sprayer

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12 12 Borax and NEPA PUAM 06-01 PUAM 06-01 –www.fs.fed.us/r5/spf/fhp/pesticide/index.shtml –Discusses issues that CATs has with borax –Good advice on NEPA and pesticides Borax National Risk Assessment Borax National Risk Assessment –www.fs.fed.us/foresthealth/pesticide/risk.shtml –Completed February 2006 Labels and MSDSs Labels and MSDSs FS 2100-2 – Pesticide Use Proposal FS 2100-2 – Pesticide Use Proposal Spill plans, safety plans (water monitoring?) Spill plans, safety plans (water monitoring?)

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14 14 Sporax ® and Cellu-Treat ® are pesticides! Annual training for applicators Annual training for applicators Personal Protective Equipment Personal Protective Equipment –eye protection (Corrosive) from label –waterproof gloves (from label) –coveralls (Danger signal word) (Calif regs) Storage and Transport Requirements Storage and Transport Requirements –Controlled access, signage, inventory, etc –Protected from weather, lockable, not with passengers, etc

15 15 Sporax ® and Cellu-Treat ® are pesticides! Service Containers Service Containers –Product name, EPA reg number –Signal word –Name, address of responsible party –Not a food container!!!! Pesticide Use Reporting Pesticide Use Reporting –Monthly to county –Enter into FACTS (activity code 8100)

16 16 Examples of Sporax service containers

17 17 Borax and Licensing Not RUP, so QAL/QAC not required Not RUP, so QAL/QAC not required If applied incidental to harvesting, logger does not require a Pest Control Business License If applied incidental to harvesting, logger does not require a Pest Control Business License If applied by a separate contractor, requires a Pest Control Business License If applied by a separate contractor, requires a Pest Control Business License If applied Force Account, requires training meeting state requirements If applied Force Account, requires training meeting state requirements –Annual, documented, correct trainer

18 18 Uneven application

19 19 Borax and the Contract Regional TS Contract Clause 6.41, Felling, Bucking, and Limbing requires designation of: Regional TS Contract Clause 6.41, Felling, Bucking, and Limbing requires designation of: –Species to be treated –Diameters to be treated –Maximum hours after cutting for treating –Rain forecast within xx hours –Buffers for water and sensitive plants –Size of spills to report and how quickly

20 20 Borax and the Contract Sacramento Bee Series on Piñeros, November, 2005 Sacramento Bee Series on Piñeros, November, 2005 Chief’s 6320 Letter of November 18, 2005 Chief’s 6320 Letter of November 18, 2005 –“Contract administrators must be able to recognize health and safety violations…” –“If contractor employees do not have appropriate safety apparel or equipment, don’t let them work.”

21 21 So, you should be able to identify at least three things that are wrong with this picture Robert L. Anderson, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

22 22 Questions? David Bakke R5 Pesticide-Use Specialist (707) 562-8916 dbakke@fs.fed.us –fs.fed.us/r5/spf/fhp/pesticide/index.shtml –fs.fed.us/foresthealth/pesticide/risk.shtml


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