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Blockade Halts Hauling at Fiddler Timber Sale

Hauling was halted this morning at the Fiddler timber sale after a blockade was placed on Eight Dollar Road at the boundary of the area closure issued this week by the Bureau of Land Management. The first logging truck arrived before 3:30 am, encountering an installation that included a person hanging in a 'bi-pod' approximately twenty-five feet above the center of the road. Two poles supporting the person in the platform angled outward from a Volvo sedan set sideways across the road. A cable lead downward from the top of the poles through the sunroof of the vehicle, providing a point of tension that could not be disturbed without endangering the suspended activist.
The man in the pod identified himself as "Erif" (fire spelled backwards) and sent down a statement that said "The reason why I'm up here is so people see people standing up in non-violent, no-compromise direct action against the timber industry."

Beneath the pod a banner read 'THESE FORESTS NEED FIRE, NOT THE REMOVAL OF OLD GROWTH'. By daybreak at least four logging trucks sat idle in front of the blockade and the area was taped off as a crime scene. Around 35 supporters cheered on the dangling activist from the police line. By 8:30 am the police brought in a cherry picker and Erif climbed down voluntarily. His action stopped log hauling for nearly five hours. An arbitrary arrest was made before dawn when police took a man into custody who was sitting nearby playing a drum. The drum was confiscated as evidence.

This is the latest action is a sustained campaign of civil disobedience that is drawing national attention to the issue of post fire logging. The majority of Americans are opposed to the continued logging of native and old growth forests on public lands, yet the US Forest Service continues to undermine the process of public participation while catering to the demands of the timber industry. A Temporary Restraining Order before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals could shut down all logging in the Biscuit fire area as soon as today, and a case underway in another court is seeking a Preliminary Injunction to do the same. Meanwhile, loggers are being allowed to fell trees at a frantic pace before federal courts can rule on the legality of this project.
Beautiful Action 24.Mar.2005 12:25

wish I were there

Beautiful! Drums are obviously a big danger.

drums 24.Mar.2005 14:39

gk

Drums as evidence? Get real, police. Drums support actions giving rhythm and enthusiasm. This drum was confiscated as if it were a gun. Good action, foresters!

TAKE CARE SISTERS! 24.Mar.2005 15:43

LINDA SAFLEY lindasafley@hotmail.com

i sent a letter to governor. hope you will be o.k. out there. stay warm.
nice going, we'll be spreading the word on the east coast about the forest. what is it going to take, for them to take notice that the land is being ravished with the logging rule. bush has reversed everything. good luck!

1936 e. 30th st.

Keep fighting!! 24.Mar.2005 20:29

....

You people are amazing!!!!

I love you all....stay strong and safe!!!!!

i love you all 25.Mar.2005 07:20

treehugger

thank you thank you thank you for your brilliant actions forest defenders. I wish I could have been there to see this one and all the other brilliant actions. what you all are doing to save our old trees brings a little tear to my eye. I have been feverishly writing letters and e-mails to the governor and senator wyden. come on inspecter gadgets get out your pens, ropes, drums - whatever you got.

AWESOME! 25.Mar.2005 09:14

Matilda

Also, I saw some people at the videos from the resistance showing last night at Reed college who came up from Biscuit to talk about what's happening down there. They could really use some help. If you want to get involved, or if you just want to donate funds to them, they will be at the video show on Monday evening at It's a Beautiful Pizza to talk about this some more. If you're interested, you could come to that show and talk to them. They seem very nice.

Some more pictures of the Action 25.Mar.2005 09:42

Fiddler's Friend

Here's a few to start with...
View from the front
View from the front
The log truck's perspective
The log truck's perspective
Mayhem on $8 Road
Mayhem on $8 Road

More Pictures of the Action 25.Mar.2005 10:17

Fiddler's Friend

Here they are...
Close-up of the Blockader
Close-up of the Blockader
View from the rear
View from the rear
Side view of a car-pod in Action
Side view of a car-pod in Action

And some pictures of the beautiful Siskiyou Mountains we're saving 25.Mar.2005 10:24

Fiddler's Friend

Here they are...
Over and into the fog
Over and into the fog
Confluence of ridges
Confluence of ridges
The infamous Green Bridge from above
The infamous Green Bridge from above

And some pictures of what we're saving it from 25.Mar.2005 14:07

Fiddler's Friend

Here they are...
"Road-side hazard removal" has taken out millions of board feet already
Leaving proud ranks of trees behind to fulfill all the ecological functions
Leaving proud ranks of trees behind to fulfill all the ecological functions
But unfortunately the surrounding trees are three units of the Fiddler sale...
But unfortunately the surrounding trees are three units of the Fiddler sale...

Nature does things differently 25.Mar.2005 15:00

Fiddler's Friend

In the iron-rich serpentine soils of the wild Siskiyous, all growth is a strain, and it is a credit to the giant Pines, Firs and Cedars that they have succeeded in bringing their great bulk to such steep, dry, nutrient-poor slopes.
The big trees seem to thrive in the protected draws which retain moisture
The big trees seem to thrive in the protected draws which retain moisture
Natural fire burns in a mosaic, but  barren patches may never recover
Natural fire burns in a mosaic, but barren patches may never recover
They also have to deal with clearcuts and monocrop plantations going up in flame
They also have to deal with clearcuts and monocrop plantations going up in flame

keep the circle strong 28.Mar.2005 16:53

OJ

don't give in, the tree's are our breath.

Update! 24.Jul.2005 14:40

Dumpster

More actions have taken place in Hobson. How about an update article?