Check it out,
Here's the press release from the Forest Service site.
Note that the comment about a delay on Saturday is bullshit.
There was no blockade on Saturday.
Get ready to cross that line!
Public lands not private proffit!
Tom Lavagnino (541) 821-1496
Patty Burel (541) 858-2211
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: March 14, 2005
ROGUE RIVER-SISKIYOU NATIONAL FOREST CLOSES FIDDLER FIRE SALVAGE TIMBER SALE ROAD TO PROTECT HEALTH AND SAFETY
MEDFORD, OR, March 14, 2005 -- At noon, the Rogue River-Siskiyou National
Forest issued a closure order effective immediately to prevent people from
illegally blocking road access to the Fiddler Fire Salvage Timber Sale.
This closure is effective until July 1, 2005, or unless rescinded sooner by
the Forest Service.
Over the past week, protesters blocked the road four times leading into the
Fiddler Salvage Timber Sale on the Illinois Valley Ranger District. The
Eight Dollar Mountain road leads to the Babyfoot Lake Trailhead. On
Saturday, March 12, these activities delayed two injured forestry workers
in obtaining prompt medical attention. There is a also a safety hazard
issue resulting from one woman suspended by a rope system from the green
steel bridge crossing the Illinois River and illegally preventing road
Forest Supervisor Scott Conroy said," Conflicts at this Fire Salvage Timber
Sale have resulted in a public safety hazard for timber workers, visitors
and protesters and this road needs to be closed to protect the health and
safety of people near the area." The Forest Service is taking reasonable
actions after four incidents of road blockage and a situation where there
was a delay in medical attention because of the road blockage.
The Forest Service issues closure orders when activities or behavior become
unsafe, violent, disruptive, or destructive. The agency has the
responsibility to address unlawful activities in the short term and can
prohibit public access to specific areas to maintain safety and the rights
The closure covers access to the Fiddler Fire Salvage Timber Sale with an
additional safety zone of 100 feet from the center of the road. This
public closure affects Forest Roads 4201.000, 4201.090 and 4201.140 at the
Forest boundary in the Illinois Valley Ranger District, Rogue
River-Siskiyou National Forest.
Timber sale purchaser, Silver Creek Timber Company has indicated their
intent to operate the sale this season, and the Forest Service has a
contractual obligation to provide access for the purchaser.
The Fiddler Fire Salvage Timber Sale meets all environmental laws.
Special Closure - ORDER No. SIF-060 - Fiddler Salvage Timber Sale Road/Area Closure (90KB PDF)
Exhibit 1 Map - Page 1 of 2 (204KB .jpg)
Exhibit 1 Map - Page 2 of 2 (185KB .jpg)