Poison from the Sky in Oregon: Background information when reading Damnation Spring

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Damnation Spring

by Ash Davidson

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Poison from the Sky in Oregon

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Crop dusting aircraft disseminating mist over cropsIn Ash Davidson's Damnation Spring, residents in a sparsely populated Northern California logging enclave in the late 1970s face a disturbing epidemic of miscarriages, stillbirths, birth defects and other ailments linked to the local timber company's use of herbicide sprays. While the specific location, people and events chronicled in the book are fictional, Davidson's inspiration comes from real-life events that occurred in Northwest logging communities such as the Alsea Valley on the central Oregon coast, site of the Siuslaw National Forest and extensive tracts of privately owned timberland.

Like the characters in Damnation Spring, Alsea residents began noticing a proliferation of miscarriages and birth defects in the 1970s, including cases of anencephaly, a lethal neural tube defect in which babies are born without parts of the brain and skull. Locals experienced frequent nosebleeds, respiratory problems, skin rashes, nausea, diarrhea, dizziness and headaches. Animals were born ...

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