Local Groups join Regional Coalition to Protest Solo Sale Auction:
Forest Service to auction sale occupied by Tree-Sit
Who: Local Forest activists with Cascadia Forest Alliance & Bark
What: 'Wake Up Call' Protest at Solo timber sale auction followed by Rally at BMC West Lumberyard
Where: Mt. Hood Forest Service Headquarters, 16400 Champion Way, Sandy, OR
When: 8:30 am, Tuesday, July 30
Why: The Bush administration's environmental rollbacks are speeding up the destruction of our last native forests. We need to protect our last remaining native forests from the Bush administration by ending the commercial timber sale program.
Costumes, Alarm Clocks, Coffins, Music Instruments, Huge Color Pictures
Local forest activists will deliver a loud and creative 'Wake Up Call' early in the morning on Tuesday, July 30 to demand the end of the commercial timber sale program and protest the auction of the Solo old growth timber sale. The Solo sale, occupied by tree-sitters since July 4th, is a prime example of the type of mature and old growth forests targeted by the commercial timber sale program.
The Solo sale will clear-cut 157 acres, threatening rare lichens, some of the oldest trees in the Clackamas River Ranger District, some of the largest Pacific Yew trees in the Mt. Hood National Forest, and the drinking water supply for 185,000 Oregonians.
Mature and old growth forests like Solo are falling across the region because the commercial timber sale program targets the most economically valuable trees. Over 95% of our native forest has already been logged, and the Bush administration's environmental rollbacks are speeding up the cutting of our last remaining native forests.
"The commercial timber sale program is the reason we are seeing our mature and old growth forests falling across the region. We need to protect our public lands from the Bush administration and their corporate timber cronies by ending commercial logging on public lands," said Bark volunteer Carrie Taylor.
"The logging company that buys Solo is selling out the will of the public to the Bush administration's corporate interests. We will take action to protect our public lands and the Solo sale from commercial logging," said CFA tree-sitter Sally Smith
WHO IS BARK: Bark is a grassroots timber sale monitoring group, that keeps a storehouse of data on every sale in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Bark volunteers have been monitoring timber sales on Mt. Hood National Forest since 1994. www.bark-out.org