August 9, 2002 For Immediate Release
Pryor timber sale spiked
In order to defend the delicate ecosystems of the Salmon Creek and Salt Creek Watersheds, a small autonomous group of individuals took action at the Pryor timber sale. Dozens of trees in each of the sale units were spiked with both 50-penny and 60-penny nails. In several instances, scattered throughout the units, non-metallic spikes were used in order to elude metal detectors. All spikes were placed at a vaiety of heights on the tree, high and low. This action took place several months ago, after the contract for Pryor was officially awarded to Roseburg Forest Products/Scott Timber. We chose to delay the announcement of this action until logging was imminent. The safety of all workers now rests in the hands of Roseburg Forest Products and their partner in crime, the U.S. forest service.
This 250 acre timber sale is located along the Eugene to Pacific Crest Trail, Aubrey Mountain, and a roadless area near Heckletooth Mountain, in what is known as the Willamette National Forest. Pryor is also adjacent to the Bunchgrass Ridge roadless area and the infamous Warner Burn. Much of the Pryor area has been naturally regenerated by fire in the past 200 years. Some trees survived the fires and are now 400+ years old. All but one of the sale units is previously unharvested native forest. We will make sure it remains that way. Wildlife that would be effected by logging activity here include the northern spotted owl, peregrine falcon, red legged frog, and the elusive wolverine. Species including bull trout and chinook salmon historically existed here and one day we hope they will thrive again.
Companies such as Roseburg Forest Products are destroying our planet for profit. We will no longer be complacent observers. We will stand in the way of greed at every step. We will not rest until the greedy machines of destruction cease to exist.
We are everywhere.