Shanna Foley, 19, of Oakland, CA scaled and perched atop a 30-foot mast 20 feet above the container, while 63 year-old Kayla Starr of Cave Junction, OR locked herself to the outside. Fred Ecks, 38, of San Francisco, CA and Randeep Waila, 25 of Dallas, TX, both locked inside the container, filed weblogs to the Greenpeace USA website via satellite e-mail.
"Greenpeace is here to bear witness to the horrific logging practices on our public lands and to support local communities in their call for greater protection of these areas," said Ginger Cassady, Greenpeace Forest Campaigner. "With less than 5 percent of ancient forests remaining in the United States it is time to end the archaic practice of logging old-growth and protect these national treasures before it is too late."
The Umpqua watershed, an area the size of the state of Connecticut which runs from the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, contains more than 1.5 million acres of federal forests. More than 50 percent of that has already been logged and the forest ecosystem severely degraded. The "Peanuts" timber sale is only one of many located in the area, which is the site of the proposed Medicine Mountain National Monument and near two important recreational areas, the Umpqua Hotsprings and the Wild and Scenic North Umpqua River, known worldwide for its Steelhead fishing.
"It is time to restore the damage that has been done to our public lands by 100 years of abuse by the U.S. Forest Service, here in the Umpqua and around the nation," Cassady continued. "If the American people don't draw a line in the sand, then the Bush administration is going to leave us with a tragic legacy, a graveyard of stumps."