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Activists Await Proof of Eagle Creek Cancellation

April 9, 2002 press release: 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.
CONTACT: Cascadia Forest Alliance
Ivan Maluski 503 239-8930
Rolf Skar 503 236-7217
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
cancelled.

'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
one small step... 09.Apr.2002 20:40

additional CFA member comment --repost

Friends,

Eagle has been held up as 'a model timber
sale' under the Northwest Forest Plan by the misguided timber sale planners of the Mt. Hood National
Forest. Surprise, suprise, it still would have
caused 'excessive environmental damage' if a whole coalition of diverse people had not
mobilized to stop it.

As the group doing the
tree-sitting and road-blockading for the last few years, we have an obligation to remain wary until the final deal is done. Even if it is cancelled for now, the area remains in the Matrix and could see future timber sales again unless the roadless areas are added to the Salmon
Huckleberry Wilderness and the other
areas are protected by a cessation of the
commercial timber sale program on
national forests. Let's not forget that roughly 1
million acres of native and old growth forest are threatened by the Northwest Forest Plan alone.

Until we end the commercial timber sale program
on our public lands and replace it with a program of ecological restoration, there will just be
Eagle Creek after Eagle Creek after Eagle
Creek.....

National Forest Protection & Restoration Act 10.Apr.2002 23:38

spark

 http://www.forestadvocate.org

until the system is down, let's at least disarm it of its voracious chainsaw.

The thing I appreciate most about this Act is the fact that it accounts for the needs of current loggers and their families and communities, by retraining these folks into (sustainable) restoration jobs. The Forest Service loses massive amounts of money every year through its policies on logging (making roads, clean-up, etc), as well as compromising the life of these ecosystems and the health of all of us downstream. There's momentum in history, but its about time we take the wheel, or handlebars or whatever steering mechanism history metaphorically has.

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