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CFA Statement on Lawsuit Victory

The citizen surveys which resulted in the legal victory were carried out at Solo by activists with CFA, Bark, and the Native Ecosystem Education Project (NEEP). Most notably, a survey camp
put together by all three groups in 2002 resulted in the finding
of extremely rare old growth dependent lichens at Solo.
Dear CFA supporters,

The news broke yesterday that we've attained a huge victory in
our campaign to protect the forests at the Solo timber sale on
Mt. Hood. CFA activists have been out in the forest a lot of
over the past month preparing to stand in the way of logging
at the 157 acre old growth Solo timber sale. But with Judge King's
ruling that the Forest Service (once again) broke the law trying
to cut down the last of our wild public forests, logging will
be further halted at least for months, if not longer. Please
check out the article below.

The citizen surveys which resulted in the legal victory were
carried out at Solo by activists with CFA, Bark, and the Native
Ecosystem Education Project (NEEP). Most notably, a survey camp
put together by all three groups in 2002 resulted in the finding
of extremely rare old growth dependent lichens at Solo. Four
CFA activists were also arrested last summer trying to stop logging
at the Borg timber sale, and have been vindicated as well by
the judge's ruling, although some still face charges and fines.


It should also be mentioned that many CFA activists have been
helping in the other four sales halted on the Willamette just
as activists from Cascadia Forest Defenders and the Northwest
Ecosystem Survey Team (NEST) have come north to help us. Not
to mention the work of Oregon Natural Resources Council and the
Western Environmental Law Center in spearheading the legal maneuvering
that resulted in this victory.

This is truly a victory for Cascadian grassroots activism and
organizing. And all your support, whether moral, physical, or
financial was critcal in making this happen. This victory is
yours as well!
Thank you,

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Logging freeze extended for six old-growth sales

The U.S. Forest Service violated environmental policies, a judge
rules.

JEFF BARNARD
The Associated Press
October 10, 2003

PORTLAND— A federal judge Thursday extended the halt on logging
six old-growth timber sales in Oregon, ruling that the U.S. Forest
Service violated environmental laws in evaluating the projects.

U.S. District Judge Garr King found that the Forest Service failed
to survey for rare plants and animals that depend on old-growth
forests to survive, as required by the Northwest Forest Plan.
The judge also found that the Forest Service violated the National
Environmental Policy Act by failing to include the public in
its decisions.

The ruling applies directly to two timber sales on the Mount
Hood National Forest and four timber sales on the Willamette
National Forest.

"Citizens spent weeks and months searching for rare species in
these old-growth forests hoping they would be protected," said
Doug Heiken of the Oregon Natural Resources Council. "The agency
kind of slammed the door in their face. I hope this decision
encourages the Forest Serviceto be better at involving the public
and better at protecting old growth forests."

Forest Service officials did not have an immediate reaction to
the ruling and had not decided whether to appeal.

King said he would hear arguments Nov. 7 about granting a permanent
injunction.

Robbie Robinson, president of Starfire Lumber in Cottage Grove,
said he was not sure how he would keep his mill operating without
the logs that were to come off the Straw Devil timber sale on
the Willamette National Forest, because his mill specializes
in products that can be cut only from big logs.

He said he was disappointed in the Forest Service for assuring
him thatthe sale would not be stopped by a court challenge.

"We spent a lot of money up there, and we don't have anything
to show for it. We reconstructed roads. We spent $150,000 on
that. We made a $90,000 deposit on the sale. We've gotten to
log a total of eight acres."

King granted a preliminary injunction Aug. 1 stopping work on
the Solo-Lone and Borg timber sales on the Mount Hood National
Forest and the Straw Devil, East Devil, Pryor and Clark timber
sales on the Willamette National Forest.




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