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Oregon proposes gypsy moth spraying; Washington may follow

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SEATTLE (AP) -

Oregon agriculture officials are proposing to spray about 8,000 acres over the Portland area next spring to kill leaf-eating gypsy moths.

Meanwhile, Washington state agriculture officials will decide soon whether to propose spraying a biological pesticide over 10,500 acres across seven sites in Western Washington, including Kent, Tacoma, Vancouver and Seattle's dense Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Asian gypsy moths have yet to permanently establish anywhere in the U.S., and agriculture officials say they want to prevent the destructive insects from taking hold. Gypsy moths devour shrubs and trees and can make forests more vulnerable to other problems, leading to possible quarantines on Northwest agricultural products such as Christmas trees and raw timber.

Aerial spraying of a moth-killing insecticide has been controversial in the past.

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