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Borg Timber Sale Auction Draws Protests; Convicted Timber Thieves Buy Contract

Thomas Creek Lumber, convicted of timber theft in the Willamette national forest in 1975 and 1991 purchased the Borg timber sale in the Oak Grove Watershed of Mt. Hood yesterday amid protestors chanting "If you buy Borg, you buy us."
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 5/29/01


Borg Timber Sale Auction Draws Protests
Convicted Timber Thieves Buy Contract


Estacada, OR: At 8:45 this morning, about a dozen activists with the
Cascadia Forest Alliance and other groups protested the auction of the
Borg timber sale in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Chanting "If you buy Borg,
you buy us!" and "Public lands, not private profit!" the activists were
hoping to deter any would-be purchasers from signing a contract with the
Forest to clearcut the 45 acres of ancient forest at stake at the Borg timber
sale.

The only purchaser to show up for the 'auction,' Thomas Creek Lumber &
LogCompany, purchased the rights to cut the Borg timber sale for the
minimum bid price. Activists angrily pointed out that Thomas Creek Lumber has
been convicted of national forest timber theft in 1975 and 1991, stealing
millions of dollars of trees from the American public.

"It's already a crime that our publicly owned ancient forests and
drinking watersheds are logged at taxpayer expense every year," said Ivan
Maluski of the Cascadia Forest Alliance, a group with a long history of successful
protest within the Mt. Hood National Forest's Clackamas Ranger
District. "And it adds insult to injury when convicted timber thieves are allowed
to continue to log our public lands."

The Borg timber sale would clearcut 45 acres and thin an additional 15
acres of publicly owned ancient forest in the Oak Grove Watershed. The
proposal involves new roading and road reconstruction. The sale is one of many
targeting the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas River which, like Eagle
Creek, provides drinking water for 185,000 Oregonians. The Forest Service's
goal with the Borg and other Oak Grove sales is to convert the area's native
and ancient forests into even-aged young tree farms. The Borg auction is
the second auction of ancient trees on public land in the Clackamas
Watershed this spring and many more are expected this summer in the Mt. Hood
National Forest. Thomas Creek also recently purchased the contract to the
Barstooltimber sale, very near the Borg sale, and is expected to keep bidding
on Mt. Hood timber sales through the summer.

"We cannot stand by as the Forest Service continually gives away our
publicly owned ancient forests for questionable short term economic
gain," said Maluski. "Drinking water, quality wildlife habitat, intact forests
and protected public lands are the legacy we should leave our children, not
this continual cycle of more logging and roadbuilding which the Forest
Serviceleaves us to clean up after."

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