Thirty Rogue Valley citizens assembled at the juncture of Highway 230 and Forest Service road 6510 outside of Prospect, Oregon on the Rogue River National Forest. Law Enforcement Officers from Oregon State Police, USFS, and Jackson County Sheriff's Department were enforcing closure on the bridge over the Rogue River, sealing off over 660 acres of public land. With the river between the citizens and their public lands, fellers from Scott Timber continued to log units with occupied tree-sits.
Mazama Forest Defenders occupy two platforms in the Peak timber sale, only one of which has been discovered and documented by Forest Service Law Enforcement Officers.
Tuesday morning began somber and peaceful, with a rally in support of the forest defenders occupying the sale at the site of the road closure. At approximately 11:00 am, Forest Service personel attempted to bring in road equipment to the closure area to construct blockades at the other two access points to the sale. Activists blocked access to the closure, and one person locked down to a backhoe transported on a trailer. Over the next three hours, two dozen law enforcement officers maintained the blockade of FS road 6510.
An arrest was made at around 1:30 pm, after negotiating a deal to turn back the road building equipment for the day. At this time, the activist who locked down is being charged with Disorderly Conduct, Trespass 2, Criminal Mishief 2, and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.