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May 30th - June 2nd Solo Action Camp

Old soul tree Friday, May 30th - Monday, June 2nd

Rides Leave Daily Grind @ 8am May 30th
Call CFA (503) 241-4879 for directions to Solo

Monday, June 2nd

Rides Leave Daily Grind @ 6 am
Call CFA (503) 241-4879 for directions to Solo

As we head into a new logging season the fight for the Solo timber sale continues. Twice now Solo has been auctioned and both times [Cascadia Forest Alliance (CFA)] joined activists from all over the region to tell potential bidders "You buy Solo, you buy us!" The first time was last July when over 100 citizens gathered to express their concern. The high bidder at that auction, Thomas Creek Lumber, was denied the contract and all other bidders declined to take the sale as well. This last Feb over 50 activists once again gathered but this time there was only one bidder... Freres Lumber. Freres Lumber Company has been around since 1922, cutting down forests to make into boards for over 80 years. The latest player in the hereditary lineup that runs the company is Robert Freres, a corporate criminal... convicted of price fixing [in the late 70's]. This is the same Freres Lumber that gave over 100,000 dollars in soft money contributions to the Republican National Committee.

The Solo sale is considered one of the most egregious timber sales on Mt. Hood. Solo will clear-cut 167 acres of old growth forests, including some of the biggest trees in the Clackamas Ranger District, and some of the oldest Pacific Yew trees in Mt. Hood National Forest. Furthermore, the sale is in the Oak Grove Watershed, one of the most threatened areas on Mt. Hood. The planned logging in the Oak Grove threatens not only bio-diversity, but water quality as well.

THIS WEEKDEND! Cascadia Forest Alliance is holding an action camp this coming weekend at the Solo. Folks will have an opportunity to learn about the Oak Grove Watershed and why this is such an important area, as well as skills ranging from how to climb to understanding forest service policy. Even more important is the Solo rally on Monday. There is a good chance that Freres Lumber could start logging on this day. It is important that we have as many people there as possible! Please join us at the Daily Grind @ 6 a.m. to carpool to Solo. If you have a car and are interested in giving rides please let us know (503-541-4879, cfa@spiritone.com ). [ Read More ] [ www.forestadvocate.org | www.bark-out.org | Bark Update on Solo | U.S. National Forest Timber Purchasers ]