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Small Victory at Straw Devil Timber Sale

Unit 2 of the Straw Devil Timber Sale has been reduced to 6 acres thanks to tireless efforts by activists. After months of working to defend unit 2 (among others) of the Straw Devil Timber Sale and the red tree voles that reside there, the Forest Service finally acted to remove 24 acres from the sale. Unit 2 was originally 30 acres and is now 6 acres due to buffers provided for 14 red tree vole nests located by activists last summer. In spring of this year, Cascadia Forest Defenders erected two tree-sits in the unit in order to protect the vole nests and to defend the sacred forests of their deceased comrade known as Sparrow. (see www.forestdefenders.org for more info about Sparrow)

The remaining forests of unit 2 include ancient incense cedars, madrones and pacific yews. Straw Devil is comprised of mostly ancient trees 400+ years old (separated into 6 different timber sale units) in an area surrounded by clearcuts. Protecting what remains in this watershed is critical to the entire ecosystem and all life that depends on it for survivial. Recently another tree-sit was erected at the sale in unit 6 by an all-womyn's group. Activists associated with Cascadia Forest Defenders will be actively working to defend this sale throughout the logging season and continuing until the entire sale is cancelled!! [ Read More ] [ Recent 6-womyn tree-sit | Forest Defenders ]