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Breaking news / Biscuit update: Green Bridge camp being evicted

i just spoke on the phone with an activist in Southern Oregon who told me that the current forest defense camp near the Fiddler timber sale in the Biscuit fire area is being evicted "right now".

This second camp was set up about a week ago because the first camp, right next to the Green Bridge on Eight Dollar road, had been in place for two weeks, which is the legal limit for a campsite on National Forest land. The second camp was on Bureau of Land Management land, about a mile up the road, and outside the closure that the Forest Service declared around the Fiddler units.

"This is not stopping the resistance," the activist declared. "We are going to regroup and keep pushing it."

She also told me that about 30 tree-fellers were up in Fiddler units yesterday (Monday), doing more cutting. Some yarding and hauling of the logs has already started as well. One activist has estimated that at least "70% of the trees" have been cut at this time, in multiple timber sale units.

The woman i was speaking to urged people to call Senator Ron Wyden "a lot" to express their outrage over the logging. "He's trying to duck under the radar and avoid taking a stand," she said. (Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or call toll free at 1-800-839-5276 and ask to be transferred.)

She was also upset about an Oregonian editorial that characterized the people trying to stop the logging as "extremists" who are wasting their time because the trees are all burnt and not worth saving.

This attitude on the part of the Oregonian shows a tragic lack of knowledge about the situation on the ground in that specific place and fire ecology in general. First of all, not all the trees are dead; i was there a month ago and saw trees that had been scorched but were still living. Secondly, fire is a natural part of the cycle of life in these forests, and the best way for the ecosystem to recover is to leave it alone, not to go in there with heavy machinery that will destroy the vegetation, soil, and streams. i wonder if a single Oregonian reporter has actually ever been to the Fiddler timber sale. i seriously doubt it! F* the corporate media.

Wyden's office needs to hear from Folx Outside of Ashland 22.Mar.2005 12:31

A-town

When I spoke with the person at Wyden's Eugene office, he said it's a shame that they only hear from people in Ashland regarding Biscuit. He said they need comments from all over Oregon. Please call Wyden and ask for his written position on the Biscuit, as well as his stance on the closure of public lands.

The phones don't work 22.Mar.2005 20:29

Z

I tried to call both numbers. The 1-800 number does not work anymore. The other number is a switchboard and when you try to leave a message with Ron Wyden's voice mail you are told "the mailbox is full". So, now what. Where else can we call. Does anyone have the Eugene and Portland numbers?

To contact Wyden's offices 22.Mar.2005 21:04

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Office Locations-Ron Wyden

Washington, DC
230 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-3703
(202) 224-5244

Portland, OR
700 NE Multnomah St
Suite 450
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 326-7525

Eugene, OR
151 West 7th Ave
Suite 435
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 431-0229

La Grande, OR
SAC Annex Building
105 Fir St Suite 201
La Grande, OR 97850
(541) 962-7691

Medford, OR
Federal Courthouse
310 West 6th St
Room 118
Medford, OR 97501
(541) 858-5122

Bend, OR
The Jamison Building
131 NW Hawthorne Ave
Suite 107
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 330-9142

Salem, OR
707 13th St, SE
Suite 285
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 589-4555

Live from Cave Junction... 23.Mar.2005 03:45

mugsly

on top of all the other outrageous and dispicable acts I have witnessed down here on the part of the forest destroyers and the Josphine County sheriffs, today I watched US Forest Service employees load up dozens of boxes of tree seedligs from the cooler at the Cave Junction (Illinois Valley Ranger District)office and drive them to the back of the compound and dumped them on burning brush piles.
Can't wait to hear the lies to cover up this one

Hearing yesterday? 23.Mar.2005 09:30

Burnie

I recall that a hearing re. the legality of "emrgency" logging in the Biscuit was to take place yesterday. Haven't heard a peep about the outcome. Anybody know what transpired?

the hearing 23.Mar.2005 15:30

Cascadia RiSiNG! EcoDefense info--at--cascadiarising.org

1. Unfortunately, the hearing for the lawsuit (#1 of 2) from the Siskiyou Project was delayed:
(see  http://www.mailtribune.com/archive/2005/0323/local/stories/14local.htm)

2. Folks are still awaiting word on the results of hearing in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on a "Temporary Restraining Order" that would halt logging for a few weeks, while an application for a longer delay (an "injunction") is being applied for. An injunction would probably halt logging until the results of a 2nd lawsuit (#2 of 2) from the Cascadia Wildlands Project....this could happen any day.

If that doesn't clarify, please email info--at--cascadiarising.org for more information.....


burning seedlings. 23.Mar.2005 15:32

Cascadia RiSiNG! EcoDefense

I was told they did this because "we've spent all our money on law enforcement and couldn't afford to plant trees".

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Live from Cave Junction... 23.Mar.2005 03:45
mugsly link

on top of all the other outrageous and dispicable acts I have witnessed down here on the part of the forest destroyers and the Josphine County sheriffs, today I watched US Forest Service employees load up dozens of boxes of tree seedligs from the cooler at the Cave Junction (Illinois Valley Ranger District)office and drive them to the back of the compound and dumped them on burning brush piles.
Can't wait to hear the lies to cover up this one

Wyden's office full of it 24.Mar.2005 13:03

Dyslexic MD

Many people have contacted Wyden's office that live outside of Ashland. I have contacted his office umpteen times from Missoula and have handed out information in our University Center and personally know other people in Missoula who have contacted Oregon's version of Max "do nothing but keep the status quo Baucus." Wyden does not want to stop the logging because he is beholden to the timber industry big time.