Activists with Cascadia Forest Alliance erected road blockade structures on the roads that lead into the Borg Timber Sale in Mt. Hood National Forest on Friday morning. Some of these structures suspend people roughly 100 feet above the road. These dedicated forest defenders are once again putting their bodies on the line to protect some of the last remaining mature and old growth forests and drinking water source for 185,000 Oregonians.
The Borg sale would clear cut 60 acres in the Oak Grove watershed. Tree-sitters have been defending the Solo sale, also in the Oak Grove, since July 4th. The Forest Service wants to turn the Oak Grove watershed into a tree farm by logging the last remaining native forest. Thomas Creek Lumber, twice convicted timber thief, has purchased these sales along with already logged Bars.
"We need to protect our native forests and drinking water from commercial logging," said Cascadia Forest Alliance volunteer Carrie Taylor.
The Bush administration's agenda is to increase logging of mature and native forests by suspending environmental laws and citizen involvement. "Taxpayer dollars should be spent on ecologically-sound restoration projects and protecting homes from forest fires, not the destruction of our few remaining native forests," said volunteer Lisa Urich.
Directions to the Borg Timber Sale
Take 224 towards Estacada into Mt. Hood NF. Continue on 224 past the Ripplebrook Guard Station then turn left onto 57 towards Timothy Lake. Travel for 8 miles and turn left onto 58. After one mile take a right onto 5810 and travel for 5 miles until the road blockades