Here's the latest from Eagle Creek and planned actions.
Much thanks to Indymedia for covering the latest update very well already.
The Forest Service ultimately managed to take down the road blockade after several hours but no arrests were made after the activist in the structure fled the scene before being cited. When the Forest Service law enforcement arrived on the scene they immediately drew knives, threatening to cut the ropes holding the blockade structure and activist up. In the process of getting in the way of the Forest Service, an officer cut open the hand of one of the activists on the scene. It is unclear at this time how serious that injury is. This marks a serious escalation in law enforcement aggressiveness towards the nonviolent protesters at the Eagle sales. At this point, the gate has been locked on that road and it is closed to motorized vehicles (but not people or bikes). 6 miles past the locked gate, the tree sits in "unit 2" of the sale are still going strong after 2 years. But logging is still scheduled for parts of the sale tomorrow, Friday, June 1. This blockade was short lived but it did achieve success in shining a spotlight on the imminent logging of Eagle, while a scientific review is supposedly taking place.
We need to let the Forest Service know we're watching them and we need to bear witness to, protest and potentially interfere with logging tomorrow. Depending partly whether logging is taking place, people will have the choice to stand aside and witness what is happening or risk arrest. Carpools are meeting at the CFA office on SE 16th and Clinton at 7am, or if you want to meet us out there, meet at the "Y" in the road at 8:30.
Directions are at the bottom. Bring food for the day, water, and appropriate gear for the weather (it may rain). Call us at (503) 241-4879 or see www.cascadiaforestalliance.org for more details.
If you can't make it to the forest Friday, mark your calendars now: Join us for a massive rally at the Regional Forest Service headquarters next Wednesday, June 6th, at noon. The building is downtown, at SW 2nd and Oak,
where Tre Arrow was on the ledge last summer
In the meantime, call Senator Gordon Smith at (202) 224-3753 to express your outrage that the Forest Service is allowing logging to begin while the scientific review team that is studying Eagle is still in progress. Tell him the sale should just be cancelled outright and that he should get involved. Also contact Jim Furnish, the Deputy Chief of the National Forest System and ask to intervene and stop the cutting. He can be reached at 202-205-1523.
For more info about the review team and directions to Eagle, please visit our website or call the CFA hotline.
Take I-205 to Highway 224 (south) towards Estacada. Take 224 about two miles past Estacada; Then take a left on Fall Creek Road. Soon after, take a left on Divers Road.
Then take a right onto Squaw Mt. Road. (Fall Creek road, Divers road, and Squaw Mt. Road are all marked) Follow Squaw Mt. Road 8.4 miles until you arrive at a large asphalt "Y" in the road. This "Y" splits Forest Service road 4615
(lower road) and FS 4614 (upper road) that lead into the Eagle timber sales.
The Y is where we'll be meeting Friday June 1 at 8:30 am.
There's also a hike to the sale area on Saturday June 2, leaving from the Daily Grind at SE 41st and Hawthorne at 9 am.