June 5, 2019
Today, Council passed a resolution directing all City bureaus to adopt the Parks Bureau’s existing policy that prohibits the use of Avitrol, a deadly neurotoxin, and any other avicides (bird pest control) on City owned and managed land.
The resolution essentially extends Portland Parks & Recreation’s existing Integrated Pest Management policy to all city bureaus. PP&R has never used avicides.
“These poisons have absolutely no place anywhere in our community,” said Commissioner Nick Fish. “They not only put our birds and wildlife at risk, but they also put people and pets at risk as well.”
Special thanks to Bob Sallinger and the Portland Audubon Society for their partnership, the Humane Society of the United States, the Portland Business Alliance, and to BES and Parks staff.