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Boreal Critters Chase Boreal Villans Downstream

Please Distribute. Members of the Boreal Action Team chase delegates of the Alberta Forest Products Association downriver.
Boreal Critters Chase Boreal Villans Downstream.

Today at 2:00pm, three members of the Boreal Action Team took to the
waterways and chased 65 delegates of the Alberta Forest Products Association
conference down the Athabasca River in Jasper, Alberta. The delegates, including
members of logging giants, Weyerhaeuesr and Weldwood, were hoping to enjoy a
leisurely float down the Athabasca river before key sessions where they would
carve up the rest of Alberta's dwindling boreal forest.

The delegates were rudely interupted when the three Boreal Action Team
members dressed as woodland creatures descended upon the delegates' raft boat
in a small canoe. With megaphone in hand the members of the group sang
songs and ranted to the annoyed delegates.

"Every minute 5 acres of forest is cut down in Alberta," said Leah
Henderson as she travelled down the river right behind the rafting boat. "The
people in this boat are responsible for destroying one of the last old growth
stands anywhere in the world. We simply wanted to give the delegates something
to think about."

The delegates were annoyed by the venture. Many urged the members to go
away, or that they had heard their message and just wanted to enjoy
themselves.

"The plight of the boreal is something that concerned citizens and
environmentalists have been raising for years. Instead of changing
their forest practices they continue to log it using unsustainable means,"
said Mike Hudema another BAT member. "Our forests are being shipped to the US to
be made into phonebooks and toilet paper. When that is the situation there can
be no more business as usual."

The Boreal Action Team is working with U.S. based groups, including
Rainforest
Action Network and Forest Ethics, to protect the edangered boreal
forest.
The Boreal forest spans throughout Canada. 90% of the boreal is
harvested by
clearcuts.

The group will continue their activities throughout the duration of the
conference. For more information on the AFPA go to their website at
 http://www.albertaforestproducts.ca/htdocs/about/main.htm

For more information on the group contact Jessica Bell at 415 720 0473.

If not here, where? If not you, who? If not now, when?
Go Boreals! 01.Oct.2004 12:45

U ROCK!

I'm SO being inspired by the forst activists right now. When the rest of us are feeling disempowered and demoralized by the increasing violence and ignorance of the police state, you guys keep your sense of humor and KEEP DOING THINGS! This is awesome. A lesson for the rest of us. Thanks!

Ha! 01.Oct.2004 13:10

clamydia

That's awesome, and funny! Rowboat chases are always funny. Look at those people in the inflatable. You can tell they make enough money to buy food with the profits from the forests that they have other people deccimate.

awesome. 02.Oct.2004 11:20

this thing here

>The delegates were annoyed by the venture. Many urged the members to go away, or that they had heard their message and just wanted to enjoy themselves.<

nothing like a nice leisurely float down a wild river. of course, if these forest "products" delegates had their way, the river they were enjoying would be a gigantic brown torrent full of runoff and silt and the beautiful scenery they were enjoying would be a clear cut wasteland...

it never ceases to amaze me how those who exploit and destroy nature also seem to enjoy it, yet are totally unable to connect the two conflicting positions in their minds. how mindless and lost can you be not to recognize the consequences of your actions?