FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Activists Await Proof of Eagle Creek Cancellation
April 9, 2002
While representatives of Vanport Manufacturing, the US Forest Service
and Oregon Senator Ron Wyden's office announce a deal to cancel the
Eagle Creek timber sales on the Mt. Hood National Forest, Cascadia Forest
Alliance activists remain skeptical.
The timber sales, which would affect the drinking watershed of 180,000
Oregonians, wildlife habitat and popular wilderness trails, have been
the target of citizen activism for over five years. Since April 20,
1999, activists have continuously occupied old-growth trees in an area
called 'Sunset Grove.' Perched over 150 feet high, activists are
determined to stay in place until there is proof that the sale has been
'The Forest Service has a long history of bending rules and braking
promises' said Rolf Skar, a volunteer with the Cascadia Forest
Alliance. 'We won't come out of the trees until we see documented proof
of the cancellation.'
'We've been in the trees twenty-four hours and day, seven days a week
for almost three years' said Dusk, a young woman who has occupied
treesits at Eagle Creek. 'We've put our bodies on the line and blocked
roads year after year. We've got the supplies, community support and
determination to continue our direct action for years, if necessary.'
While the cancellation of the Eagle Creek timber sales would be welcome,
activists are mindful of a larger picture. 'Eagle Creek is a symbol of
what's wrong with the federal timber sale program' said Ivan Maluski, a
volunteer with the Cascadia Forest Alliance. 'There are over 50 other
sales in the Mt. Hood National Forest that threaten our watersheds,
recreation opportunities and wildlife habitat. Any one of those 50 could
become the next Eagle Creek. On a regional and national scale, the number of
proposed timber sales and acres to be logged on public lands is staggering.'
'The anachronistic, pork-barrel federal timber sale program wastes
hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars a year and trashes our last
native forests' said Skar. 'Ending commercial logging on our public
lands is the only solution to this larger problem.'
The Cascadia Forest Alliance and other groups will hold a massive rally
on Friday, May 10th at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland to
call for an end to commercial logging on public lands.