[Market-farming] Railroad ROW, etc.

Marty Kraft martyk at allspecies.org
Thu Aug 4 21:59:43 EDT 2011


Great story!
On Aug 4, 2011, at 8:41 PM, Keith Morris wrote:

> My understanding (alas- via word of mouth) is that you have the  
> right to have weeds managed differently on your own property-  
> especially where adjoining water sources/ well protection areas/  
> and organic crops.
>
> I know one grower who brought the crew beer, berries, and fresh  
> baked muffins for a few days before they reached their farm as they  
> worked their way down a giant power line, and discussed her  
> concerns with the crew directly in a neighborly way.
>
> By the time they reached her farm they neatly piled all of the  
> woodchips, some nice poles, and firewood all along her stretch of  
> the line, and managed weeds with propane instead of herbicides  
> along her stretch and the neighbor to each side...
>
> K
>
> Keith Morris
> Prospect Rock Permaculture
> Design and Education for Ecological Culture
> [ProspectRock.org]
> P.O. Box 426
> Jeffersonville, VT 05464
> Keith at ProspectRock.org
> (802) 734-1129
>
> "If we do not do the impossible, we shall be faced with the  
> unthinkable."
> Murray Bookchin (1921-2006)
>
>
> On 11-08-04 10:32 AM, William H Shoemaker wrote:
> > Because the railroads are largely governed by federal laws as  
> they conduct
> > interstate commerce, municipal laws and ordinances may not  
> prevail. I'd be
> > vey pro-active about working with your municipality to engage the  
> state and
> > its EPA to negotiate appropriate choice of weed control options  
> in the
> > right-of-way.
>
> I am in Canada, there's no equivalent to interstate commerce.  That
> being said, this is a very good question indeed: who's juridiction is
> this?  Canadian railroads used to be a federal juridiction, but I  
> am not
> sure whether this prevail over municipal bylaws or not.  Guess I will
> need to talk to a lawyer (if the spraying actually materialize,  
> that is).
>
> > The railroads and their contractors love to use phenoxy  
> herbicides (2,4-D,
> > dicamba and other, more threatening forms) because they are so  
> effective.
> > They may also use synergists which enhance herbicide activity.  
> These are
> > extremely volatile herbicides which can carry on breezes for miles
> > sometimes. Hot conditions make them even more volatile. If they  
> can be
> > convinced to use non-volatile herbicides which kill on contact  
> (Rely,
> > Gramoxone) in tank-mixes with residuals that prevent germination  
> of new weed
> > seeds, they may be able to accomplish their goals without  
> impacting yours.
> > But there is no law where there is no enforcement.
>
> Very good information that is.  Thanks, Mr. Shoemaker!  :)
>
>
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Marty Kraft
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