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Old Growth being LOgged, Direct Action! Call to action Video!

Old Growth Reserve Logging Begins at Biscuit

John West of Silver Creek Logging Co. anticipated a fight over Fiddler Mountain. With 85 loggers ready to go, he expressed his intent to begin logging once a court mandate allowed controversial old growth reserve timber sales in the Biscuit Fire area to proceed. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued that mandate this morning, opening the fight West promised.
Come to the Green Bridge campout!
Come to the Green Bridge campout!
Text from Rogue.indymedia.org

As dawn broke on the Green Bridge over the Illinois River near Selma this morning, 75 people gathered to block old growth reserve logging at the Fiddler Timber Sale. Forest Service law enforcement officers and Josephine County Sherrifs escorted loggers to the site at 6:30 am where they encountered a large crowd effectively blocking all access to the sale units.

After issuing an order to disperse, 72-year-old Selma resident Joan Norman sat in the middle of the bridge, refusing to move. "We have no laws in our forest so we will be the law," said Norman, before law enforcement officers carried her off to be arrested, charging her with interfering with an agricultural operation. Two other individuals were arrested at the Green Bridge.

As the caravan of law enforcement and loggers moved beyond the blockade at the Green Bridge, they encountered more trouble approximately four miles up the road. At a bend in the road, three forest defenders were locked down to a red pickup truck cemented into the road.

Using a tow truck, a power saw, and bolt cutters, law enforcement officers were able to remove the three people locked to the vehicle. Five other people passively resisted being removed from the blockade site and were arrested.

With the blockades removed, loggers were able to move to the lower units of the Fiddler sale and began falling trees. Ten to twelve loggers worked a shortened day, falling numerous large trees in the heavily burned unit.

Fiddler is one of five old growth reserve sales in the Biscuit Fire area opened to loggers by this morning's court mandate. On Wednesday, March 9, Federal District Judge Michael Hogan will hear a motion for a temporary restraining order to stop logging. Another court case is scheduled for late March.

In the meantime, Silver Creek Logging Co. plans to continue falling trees at Fiddler before a judge can weigh in on the merits of the case. Forest defenders vowed to continue demonstrating against these controversial sales.
Excellent Film! 08.Mar.2005 17:14

a cascadian

Great film! I would suggest that next film should have the impact that eco-tourism and a natural forest has on the local communities with interviews. Have examples of erosion to in riparian systems and how it damages fish runs.

not sure that was the point 08.Mar.2005 19:04

me

Everybody's a critic! I'm guessing the editor/videographer thought of those things....It looks like this was a video filmed and edited over a very short period of time to get people to the green bridge actions....probably weren't thinking along your lines of making this a major issue overview, at least for this cut....

just write letters 08.Mar.2005 22:48

absolve your conscience

Unfortunately, writing your senator is not going to do shit. Logging companies stand to make millions off of each of these timber sales, and a shabbily organized letter writing campaign at the request of a inneffective reformist environmental group is going to have a minimal (if that) effect. The only way to prevent the logging of more old growth in the biscuit is to physically prevent it from happening and by directly targeting the companies responsible in a way that will make them beg for forgiveness.

More people need to be in the Biscuit right now, defending in a way that will actually physically stop logging from taking place; not in some symbolic protest from your supposed moral highground of your lawn chairs. More people need to be on the roads, in the trees, on the bridges, and on the forest floor, defending the forest in the most literal sense. More people need to be on the doorsteps of the CEOs of the companies responsible, night and day, making their life hell; making them wish they had never heard of the Biscuit.

More importantly than stopping logging in the Biscuit, people need to be fighting to stop the logging industry. The only real way to do this is not by running from timber sale to timber sale, stopping what can be stopped, but by running these corporations into the ground. "It is time to stop adhering to inneffective tactical dogmatism," a wise friend once told me, "It is time to use tactics that work."

Buy sustainably harvested wood products 10.Mar.2005 17:18

sheree

I would hope that our wallets also speak loudly and that we consciously conserve wood and wood products and when we do indulge, that we do so from sustainably harvested wood products? If there were little market for this wood, there wood be little harvesting of it, no?
I am glad people are fighting for the trees. Especially since it looks like stalling the falling may save them.

A Question of Re Design 12.Mar.2005 09:39

21st Century designer

Why are we smashing trees to make paper and boxes when we have a polymer chemistry that is so elegant? Leave the trees alone to do their work in the sunshine. They create the sustaining life support system we all enjoy.

Our present production systems is barbarious just because we have not taken stock of our design opportunities. The eco-effient designers would ask "how can we use twice, four times even ten times less trees to make our boxes and paper?" The eco-effective designers are asking "why are we making boxes and paper out of precious trees of the world when we have a polymer chemistry that is so elegant.

From a business perspective if boxes and paper were made of healthy infinitely up-cyclable polymers that would be no waste management costs, no extraction costs, no toxic emission costs for regulation, no regulation paperwork costs. Plus everytime the polymers came back to the industries for up-cycling revenue is created.

This is Cradle to Cradle Design, actually the 2002 book "Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Making Things" is the first polymer book called a technical nutrient. This book is not a tree.

Online 2003 lecture
 http://wesley.stanford.edu/Multimedia/lectures/mcdonough.ram
NPR 2002 audio
 link to www.npr.org