Forest Service Fires Official Who Complained About Pesticide Use

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A U.S. Forest Service official who voiced concerns about alleged pesticide misuse in forests across the Southwest has been fired.

Doug Parker, who worked as the pesticide coordinator and assistant director of forestry health for the agency's Southwestern region, told The Associated Press that he was removed from his duties last week because his supervisor said he failed to follow instructions.

Parker, who has not spoken publicly about his case, worked for the agency for nearly four decades and said he was proud to wear the Forest Service uniform.

"The whole reason behind this is I reported some significant pesticide misuse problems to the regional forester and they don't want to have controls over this process"





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