Action Update: August 9, 2002
It has been a busy week here in the Wild Rockies
for us. On Tuesday, after maintaining 24 hour security
shifts for 14 days, officers with the U.S.Forest Service and the Ravalli
County Sheriffs finally decided to remove Fireweed from her tree. They brought in a cherry picker to get her out of the tree. Fireweed (Rebecca) used a
lock box to attach herself to the ponderosa pine. The officers then
proceeded to cut off the top of the tree while she was in it. After that was done they lifted her out of the tree and arrested her. She and Joel had
prevented the contractors for the Big Bull timber sale from building a
helicopter pad on Rye Creek for the last month. On Wednesday Rebecca was
arraigned in federal court and charged with maintaining an unauthorized
structure on forest service land, violating the 14 day camping limit, interfering with an officer in the performance of his official duties, and creating a hazard. She was released latter that afternoon from jail.
On Monday, Molly Karp was arrested on a warrant
for allegedly violating her conditions of release by the
Missoula County Sheriffs. During a hearing on the matter another court date was
set to determine if she in fact had violated the conditions of release.
Molly is currently in the Missoula County Jail and would appreciate any
letters you can send to her.
Send mail to Molly Karp, Missoula County Jail,
2340 Mullan Rd, Missoula, MT
We are still seeking a new house and our move
out date is fast approaching, please help us if you know of any
place we could rent or stay at.
As you may have read Senator Ron Wyden and
Senator Larry Craig are
now sponsoring a horrible salvage rider for the
Northern Rockies. This bill would protect some old growth forest on the west
of the cascades in exchange for releasing 25 million acres to
logging in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. The Wyden/Craig. "Forest Restoration
and Protection Act of 2002" is a bad deal for Idaho, eastern Oregon and
eastern Washington. This legislation will:
1."Expedite," which means railroad, any logging
sale anywhere if it can be
claimed to be "hazardous fuels reduction."
2.Create a 15-member "Collaborative Review Board"
(CRB) - with four timber
members for each conservation member - to review
logging sales on more than
25 million acres. Votes will be by 2/3 majority.
3. Eliminate any public appeals based on
environmental laws and regulations
for projects approved by the CRB.
4.Force citizens to proceed directly to judicial
preliminary injunctions to halt logging, and
mandate "the Forest Service
carries a court presumption in their favor if the
project has been reviewed
by the CRB," which makes it virtually impossible
5. Three years ago there were almost 100 logging
projects in Idaho that the
Forest Service stopped because of environmental
problems with water
quality, endangered species or Roadless Areas.
This law could revive all
of them and put them on a fast track.
Please write AND call Senator Wyden today and
tell him that you oppose the
proposal to trade protection of west side old
growth for increased logging
of east side forests. To read the Wyden/Craig
bill visit Senator Wyden's
web site at:
Please call his DC office at 202-224-5244. It is
very important that the
Senator hears from you!
We are continuing our work for the Bitterroot
and against the
governments plan to use restoration as the smoke
screen for massive logging
projects. We need your help please contact us and
get involved. We are a
small group, the Northern Rockies, need more
activist committed to
defending them. Why not spend the rest of the
summer opposing the
U.S.Forest Service in the Bitterroots. As always
we can used donations of
cash, coffee, tea, bulk dried foods, climbing
gear, and your time.
Wild Rockies EF!
Missoula, MT 59806
Wild Rockies Earth First!
PO Box 1742
Missoula, MT 59806