For more information, contact Josh at the Cascadia Wildlands Project 541-434-1463 or the Cascadia Forest Defenders at 541-684-8977
Forest Defenders Take Tree-sitting to New Levels
The occupation of the Straw Devil timber sale in the Willamette National Forest continues to grow as the legal ruling deciding its fate quickly approaches. Earlier this summer, the Oregon Natural Resources Council filed in Federal Court to add Straw Devil to an existing Survey and Manage lawsuit. Judge King granted a temporary restraining order which will extend until he makes a decision in late September or early October.
In preparation for the possible logging operation new types of tree structures have been erected to defend this patch of precious ancient ecosystems.
"As opposed to being supported by only one tree, the structures have support lines in several trees around them so that if any of the trees in the surrounding area get cut, the structure will fall, effectively killing the person in the tree," said Cynthia Gladstone, a forest advocate. "A single structure protects several acres this way."
A member of an all-women's affinity group working at Straw Devil has been occupying the 400-year old tree know as "Bridge" for over 85 consecutive days. The individual has no plans to come down until the Straw Devil timber sale is cancelled.
As a celebration of resistance to corporate old-growth logging and to show members of the public the effects of Forest Service policies on public lands, the Cascadia Forest Defenders and Cascadia Wildlands Project (CWP) are organizing a hike to Straw Devil on September 28 at 10:00am. Elementary, middle school and high school students are especially invited to attend the hike which will visit the remains of units 1 and 2 (cut in July) before hiking the rest of the sale. Media is also invited. Hiking contact: Josh at CWP 541-434-1463.