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Mattole Logging Begins - RESIST! Please Help NOW

Logging of the Mattole River watershed has begun! Charlie Hurwitz's Pacific Lumber uses SLAPP suits to level dissent and chainsaws to level old growth. RESIST! - for old growth, the river, the salmon, and our rights to speak and assemble to prevent corporate destruction of the living world. Please come to Humboldt NOW!
Logging of the Mattole River watershed has begun! Charlie Hurwitz's Pacific Lumber uses SLAPP suits to level dissent and chainsaws to level old growth. RESIST! - for old growth, the river, the salmon, and our rights to speak and assemble to prevent corporate destruction of the living world. Please, come to Humboldt NOW!

-Mattole Logging Begins!
-Upcoming Mattole Action Camp
-Mattole Rally, June 3rd
-Needs + Contact Info

Mattole Logging Begins

This is it.... At 10:00am this morning we got word from our monitors in the woods that clearcutting of old-growth Douglas Fir has resumed in THP 475 in the Mattole. After 161 days of a logging shutdown by hundreds of dedicated activists, community members and waves of blockades, the chainsaws and falling of ancient trees are being heard again. The last five weeks have seen 19 arrest. Maxxam had finished their wildlife surveys in THP 475 and 031 but we were unclear when they could specifically begin operations. Some activist were misled by California Fish and Game into thinking that agency was going to take a few more days to review the companies Goshawk surveys -apparently not- We are moblizing community members for action. If in Humboldt please meet at the Arcata Co-op kiosk at 3:00am, Thursday morning. Call (707)-825-6598 to get involved

Mattole Rally News Flash
Earth First! will hold a mass public legal rally for the Mattole to bring as many people to the public side of Monument gate. The purpose of the rally will be to stand up against the SLAPP lawsuit filed against the Mattole defenders and to stand up for the forest.

Acting in Concert -- Rally for the Mattole
Sunday, June 3, 2001
12 Noon - 5 pm
Monument Road
Just 10 minutes out of Rio Dell (25 miles South of Eureka)
Bring Family and Friends
Musicians and speakers wanted to act in concert

Directions: Scotia Exit off Highway 101
Turn toward Scotia then immediate right onto Scotia Bridge (Green)
First left after Bridge (in Rio Dell) is Monument Road (unmarked until you
drive a block or two)
Bear left follow Monument Road 4 1/2 - 5 miles (paved)
Park on side of the road -- monitors will guide you.
Call 707/825-6598 for info


Mattole Action Camp, May 18th -24th
Please come join us two weekends from now in Humboldt County for the Mattole Action Camp. We need to train a new round of activist to defend the old-growth doug fir of the Mattole. Trainings and skill sharing will include Non-Violence, Backwoods, Legal, Climbing, THP Monitoring, Blockading and more. Please bring camping gear, warm clothing, hiking apparel, musical instruments, food and monetary donations for the kitchen. Please No Dogs, Drugs, Alcohol or Bad attitudes. Camp will open late Friday afternoon on the 18th and close the 24th, in time to head to the Sierras for the California EF! Rendevous. Call (707)-825-6598 to RSVP. More info on the action camp as plans unfold.



Essential Mattole Forest Defender Needs
> Walky Talky's
> UHF/VHF radios
> Video Camera's
> Ground coffee (organic is preferred)
> Hydrogen Peroxide
> Chocolate (vegan if possible)
> Dried soup mixes
> Hummus & Falafel mix
> Organic oats & Rice
> Trail mix
> Tofu
> Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
> Dried fruit/raw nuts
> Fleece tops and bottoms
> Nokia 5100/6100 Cell phone batteries
> Bivy Sacs
> Sleeping Bags
> Waterproof Tarps (preferrably camo)
> Static Line
> Still Camera's
> Waterproof Hiking Boots
> Wool Socks
> Raingear (gortex or rubberized)
> Gift Certificate to Ace Hardware, Arcata Coop, Costco or Picky, Picky, Picky
> Paid work for activists who come out of the woods
> Monetary donation can be made out to "Mattole Forest Defenders" and mailed to
POB 28, Arcata, CA 95518.

People Needs:
Please come to the Mattole for a few days and help defend the 3,000 acres of incredible old growth Doug-Fir forest. We prefer those with nonviolent direct action experience. Come prepared for very wet, cold and snowy conditions. The hike to the Free State is over 12+ miles. There is no basecamp so please call the office to get involved.

Please contact:
John Campbell, Pacific Lumber Co., 707-764-2222, FAX - 707-764-4269
Charles Hurwitz, Maxxam Corp, 713-975-7600, FAX- 713-952-4795

Ask them to hold off logging in the Mattole for one year so the community can assess and raise the funds to purchase the entire 14,000 acre holding. Also demand that they treat nonviolent activist as humans beings and not endanger their lives with falling trees.

For more information:
Direct Action: *Mattole Forest Defenders

POB 28, Arcata, CA 95518

*North Coast Earth First!, 707-825-6598, 822-3771(fax)

 ncef@humboldt1.com

*Bay Area Coalition For Headwaters (510)-835-6303

 http://www.mattoledefense.org/

Images at  http://www.earthfilms.org/

Article at http:/www.indybay.org/

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