Forest Service Law Enforcement as well as their stash sniffing dog paid environmentalists at the Straw Devil Timber Sale an unfriendly visit yesterday afternoon.
They began their visit by pulling over a person who had been visiting the forest for not wearing a seat belt on a logging road. They blocked her in with two forest service SUV's, took all of her information and issued a ticket before speeding off to further foul deeds.
They went first to the general action where they encountered no people but did find a pile of trash that they promptly confiscated (thanks for doing something useful) as well as cut off about ten feet of two ropes that had unfortunately been left hanging.
Relatively disappointed I am sure they headed off to the womyn and trans action. When they arrived they found what was seemingly an empty base camp but seconds later the barks of ewok dogs rang out and a security whistle was sounded by nearby security. Everyone working on ground in the unit at the time grabbed as much climbing gear as they could and disappeared into the woods but alas many a line where left for the taking.
The person who blew the whistle was charged with a class B misdemeanor for attempting to build and maintain an illegal structure but was not arrested. After which that person acted as a witness as the freddies (forest service) confiscated over five hundred dollars worth of climbing gear including all of the ropes used for working in the unit. Their dog (Officer Neko) also sniffed out several things hidden nearby.
Up until this point the people in the trees had remained still and silent and Officer Casey Buttwich happened to notice a line dangling. She grabbed the line and used it to bang the person up there against the tree as she had a temper tantrum about how she was a police officer and people in the trees had to come down if she said so. The security escort however assured everyone in the unit that Casey, Burkle, the red head and the police dog have no real jurisdiction over nature or other people. The person in the tree despite her assault remained where she was and later laughed about the entire incident.
Another laughing point on this episode of the freddies visit the W+T action was when they noticed a practice traverse about 15 feet in the air. The traverse was left over from the W+T action camp that was held on March 30 - April 4th. The freddies were determined to get it down. Casey and the red head seemed to be trying to reclaim there youth as the did what looked like attempted cheerleading moves to get into the tree. After almost seriously injuring themselves Burkle (the big strong man) pushed them aside and declared that he would free climb the tree. He tried three times and each time branches broke and he landed on his ass. Hell if I were a tree I wouldn't let freddies climb me either.
The freddies loaded up their gear, the dog, and their bruises and headed back to the Willamette Ranger station to brag to their friends (I am sure they left out the part about cheerleading).
We may have had another wonderful round of freddie bloopers but they did get over five hundred dollars worth of gear. You can mail donations to the Cascadia Forest Defenders to help replace the stolen supplies at:
PO BOX 11122
Eugene, OR 97401
Also more hands helping both in the woods and in town can help us ensure that they never make such a big score again. If you are interested in volunteering your time or resources please contact CFD at 541- 684- 8977 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.