Here's some more detailed information about the demonstration on Wednesday:
A massive rally sponsored by the Cascadia Forest Alliance in support of Eagle Creek will be held at the Regional Forest Service headquarters this Wednesday, June 6th, at noon. The building is downtown, at SW 2nd and Oak, where Tre Arrow occupied a ledge last summer.
The Eagle Creek watershed in the Salmon Huckleberry Wilderness area of Mt. Hood National Forest has been threatened as a result of the infamous "Salvage Rider" under the Clinton administration. This legislation allowed healthy forests to be designated as damaged or fire risks and therefore available for sale to private logging interests.
Protestors have occupied portions of the Eagle Creek area for four years in an effort to protect the trees. Last year, the Clinton administration mandated that an Independent Review Team (IRT) examination would have to be conducted to assess the risk of catastrophic "blowdown" (where large stands of newly-exposed trees topple as a result of high winds) in the timber sale.
The IRT assessment will not be complete until July, yet the U.S. Forest Service under the Bush administration has given Vanport Manufacturing the green light to immediately begin cutting trees at Eagle Creek - even in areas that have already been designated as at risk from blowdown. In other words, a thriving, publicly-owned old-growth forest in a "federally-protected" (see how well they're protecting it?) wilderness area is being cut by a private logging firm, and will then be sold to the Asian timber market.
Senator Ron Wyden and Representatives Blumenauer, DeFazio, Wu, and Hooley have all registered their anger over the threat of renewed logging at Eagle Creek. Every aspect of this sale is a disgrace and threatens an environmental disaster in one of our few remaining old-growth forests.
Please attend the rally on June 6th and show the U.S. Forest Service your support for Eagle Creek. Also, you should call Senator Gordon Smith (who's attempting to polish his lackluster environmental credentials for his reelection campaign next year) at (202) 224-3753 and express your outrage.
For more information on the events surrounding this latest chapter in the Eagle Creek timber sale, consult www.cascadiaforestalliance.org.