Who's Who in the Battle for the Biscuit
Below is an overview of the major players in the Biscuit timber sale controversy. A "What's What" in the controversy will be published within the next 48 hours, along with a digital version of a pamphlet combining these two pieces.
-------------WHO'S DEFENDING THE BISCUIT?--------------
1. Wild Siskiyou Action and Kalmiopsis Earth First!
Wild Siskiyou Action has been the group maintaining the recent basecamps around the Fiddler timber sale and organizing the civil disobedience actions. These are the folks to call if you want to go down to the Biscuit and see or take part in the action first hand. Wild Siskiyou Action was started in the Summer of 2004, setting up the initial road blockade at the Inde timber sale.
Wild Siskiyou Action
2. Kalmiopsis Earth First!, named after the Kalmiopsis wilderness area which is surrounded by the Biscuit timber sale, has long been active in supporting non-violent civil disobedience to protect the Siskiyou National Forest. If you are interested in donating to the various direct action efforts in the Siskiyous you should write your checks to them:
Kalmiopsis Earth First!
PO Box 185
Cave Junction, OR 97523
3. Biscuit Legal Fund is the jail support team for people arrested in the Biscuit. Make donations for bail and jail support to:
Biscuit Legal Fund
c/o Rogue Federal Credit Union
415 Lithia Way
Ashland, OR 97520
4. The Oxygen Collective, based in Ashland, OR, practices creative resistance through projects that address injustice in our communities and destruction in the natural world. They use a 40' biodiesel tour bus to create and enhance events, and then add live music, independent media, organic food, and large-scale, participative art projects. The Oxygen Collective has played a pivotal role in educating the public about the Biscuit logging project and resistance to it. Along with the Siskiyou Project, the O2 Collective's website has more information on the Biscuit than most anywhere else.
P.O. Box 533
Ashland, OR 97520
5. The Siskiyou Regional Education Project combines science, education and advocacy and has has been working to protect biodiversity in the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion of southwest Oregon and northwest California and has been around since 1983. They also help run the Siskiyou Field Institute, an ecological field studies program.
The Siskiyou project has taken a rather conservative approach to defending the Biscuit, not mounting a strong challenge to the "matrix" and road side "hazard" logging components of the Biscuit, and focusing on the Late Successional Reserves and Roadless Area logging. The Siskiyou project has played a huge part in making the Biscuit logging project a national political issue. The Siskiyou Project is the primary plaintiff on the largest lawsuit on the Biscuit, with support from a number of larger, national environmental groups (American Lands Alliance, Defenders of Wildlife, Pacific Rivers Council, Sierra Club, and The Wilderness Society) as well as KS Wild and Oregon's largest native environmental group, the Oregon Natural Resources Council.
The Siskiyou Project
9335 Takilma Road
Cave Junction, OR 97523
Portland Office: 503-222-6101
Ashland Office: 541-482-1417
6. The Biscuit Alliance is comprised of members of the Illinois Valley community that lives around the Fiddler timber sale and other nearby logging projects. Based in Selma, OR. The Biscuit Alliance does grassroots community organizing in opposition to the Biscuit logging project, and has done extraordinary work transforming this rural community into a hotbed of resistance!
The Biscuit Alliance
7. Kalmath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center is focused on everything in the Siskiyou and Klamath National Forests besides the Biscuit - there are many other ecologically destructive projects, logging and otherwise in the area in addition to the Biscuit - although they do education on the Biscuit issue as well. Generally speaking KS Wild is focused on education and legal challenges to logging projects.
PO Box 102
Ashland, OR 97520
8. Cascadia RiSiNG! EcoDefense promotes networking amongst radical eco-activists around Cascadia, produces and distros outreach and educational resources, organizes educational events, coordinate carpools to the Biscuit from Portland, and is generally a great source for information on all sorts of stuff about forest activism, as we keep in touch with activists from N. California through British Colombia. We're also working on the National Earth First! Rendezvous, which is this July 4-11 on Mt. Hood (see www.earthfirst2005.org). Cascadia RiSiNG! is not to be confused with our friends at the Cascadia Rising Infoshop on SE Clinton Street (see http://www.geocities.com/crinfoshop/)
PO Box 12583
Portland, OR 97212
9. Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC) is the Eugene, OR legal clinic defending many of the arrestees charged during civil disobedience actions at the Biscuit. This the place to send money for legal support, however donations for bail must be sent Biscuit Legal Fund, listed above.
259 East 5th Ave., Suite 300
Eugene, OR 97401.
10. The Cascadia Wildlands Project (CWP) has been big supporters of Biscuit organizing through efforts based in Eugene, OR, helping to organize protest rallies, carpools, letter writing campaigns, etc. CWP works to protect the forests, waters and wildlife of Cascadia by monitoring environmentally destructive projects and educating, organizing and agitating. CWP is also leading the way on one of the lawsuits challenging the logging in the Biscuit, a lawsuit which includes the "matrix" area sales.
Po Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440
11. Joan Norman is a 74-year-old activist arrested twice at the Biscuit timber sale for blockading the public road leading into the Fiddler timber sale, and facing a steep array of charges. Joan is refusing bail and has been in the "pokey" longer than anyone else arrested in the Biscuit. Read an interview with her here: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/03/313319.shtml.
You can write her too!
c/o Josephine County Adult Jail
1901 NE F St.
Grants Pass, OR 97526
----------WHO'S LOGGING THE BISCUIT?--------------------------------------
1. Silver Creek Timber Company has bought more acres of the Biscuit than any other company. The company is headed by John West, a right-wing anti-environmentalist that clearly enjoys the media spotlight and chiding protesters. Unlike the other companies involved in destroying the Biscuit, Silver Creek Timber didn't exist until the summer of 2003, after the Biscuit fire. Given the multi-million dollar costs associated with conducting timber operations, it's generally presumed this "locally owned and operated" company is being bankrolled by big timber, most likely Colombia Helicopters, Roseburg Forest Products, and Rough and Ready Lumber. Loggers for Silver Creek appear to have been exclusively contracted employees from Colombia Helicopters and much of the wood cut by the company goes to Roseburg Forest Products. Silver Creek itself has only 2 employees, a tiny office, and has no mill.
Silver Creek is based in Merlin, OR. John West lives in Glendale, OR
2. Roseburg Forest Products (RFP) is regional timber giant, with nearly $1 billion in sales annually, thousands of employees, and nearly 1500 square miles of Oregon's forest land under its control. RFP President Allyn Ford is a major political player, personally donating over $60,000 to Republicans over the past 4 years. Ford is also the President of the Board of Directors of Umpqua Bank, a bank that is all but completely owned and operated by the timber industry. Umpqua Bank has hundreds of locations around the west coast, and has is corporate HQ in Portland (200 SW Market St., Ste. 1900.) RFP itself is based in Roseburg, OR. See www.rfpco.com for more info.
3. Columbia Helicopters is one of largest helicopter logging companies in the world, with more than $100 million in sales in many countries. Loggers contracted to Columbia have been doing much of cutting gin the Biscuit, and Columbia's helicopters will be doing most, if not all, of the helicopter log-hauling operations. The company and it's president, Lemetta Wes is another political powerhouse, with over $250,000 in personal political contributions to Republican candidates over the past few years. Columbia Helicopters is based at the Airport in Aurora, Oregon halfway between Portland and Salem, OR. See www.colheli.com for more info.
4. South Coast Lumber Co. (aka CLR Timber Holdings), East Fork Timber, Swanson Group and Greg Liles are some of the other timber companies that also hold logging rights in the Biscuit. South Coast / CLR (socomi.com) and Swanson Group (swansongroupinc.com) are both large companies with tens, or perhaps hundreds, of millions in assets.
----------WHO HAS DECISION MAKING POWER?------------
1. Scott Conroy is the Forest Supervisor ("the boss") of the Siskiyou National Forest, and the primary government spokesperson advocating for logging in the Biscuit. Despite being a public official that should be committed to neutrality in managing public lands he's demonstrated a firm commitment to the right-wing, publicly demonizing environmental activists of all stripes as part of the "Conflict Industry". Despite opposition to the Biscuit logging plan by leading scientists (e.g. Jerry Franklin, Robert L. Beschta, etc.), former Forest Supervisors, and from 95% of the tens of thousands of public comments on the Biscuit Conroy claims there is no scientific or broad based public opposition to logging in the Biscuit. Scott hopes that if you tell a lie enough times to the media, people will start to believe it.
333 W. 8th St. / P.O. Box 520
Medford, Oregon 97501
Phone: (541) 858-2200
2. Senator Ron Wyden is Oregon's Democratic Party Senator, and has done little or nothing to oppose the Biscuit timber sale, despite significant pressure.
Wyden has offices though out Oregon in Portland, Eugene, La Grande, Medford, Bend, and Salem, as well as in Washington, DC. See http://wyden.senate.gov/ for full details. Portland: (503) 326-7525 / DC: (202) 224-5244
3. Senator Gordon Smith is Oregon's Republican Party Senator, and has aggressively championed Biscuit logging, even proposing a law that would eliminate all legal challenges to the Biscuit.
Smith has offices throughout Oregon in Portland, Pendleton, Eugene, Medford, and Bend, as well as in Washington, DC. See http://gsmith.senate.gov/ for full details. Portland: (503)326-3386 / DC: (202)224-3753
4. Congressman Peter DeFazio is a Democrat who represents the area around the Fiddler timber sale. He hasn't made the logging a significant issue. Oregon: 1-800-944-9603 / DC: (202) 225-6416
5. Governor Ted Kulongoski has stated he opposes logging in roadless areas of the Biscuit. With Bush's recent proposal to require that state's Governors "request" that logging of such areas be banned before the federal government prevents such logging, Kulongoski may have the power to prevent all of the proposed roadless area logging in the Biscuit, which could begin as soon as summer 2005.
254 State Capitol
Salem OR, 97310
Phone: (503) 378-4582.
6. Linda Goodman is the Regional Forester ("the boss") of all of Oregon and Washington's public National Forest lands. Goodman is a Bush appointee, and not particularly sympathetic to pressure from environmentalists. Linda's Goodman's office is in downtown Portland, on SW 2nd Street, between Oak and Stark.
Pacific Northwest Region 6
P.O. Box 3623
Portland, OR 97208
Phone: (503) 808-2200.
7. US Federal District Court Judge Michael Hogan is the judge that all legal challenges to the logging in the Biscuit have gone through, before inevitably being appealed to the 9th Circuit Court. Hogan is a right-wing Republican appointee that has not only rejected nearly every environmental case ever brought to him, but has done so in a manner that has stalled the proceedings as long as possible, often while logging was underway on-the-ground. Hogan's court is in Eugene, OR
8. Mary Rey is Bush's Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment, and before obtaining this position was the one of the leading, if not the leading timber industry lobbyist in the country. He is responsible for the management of 155 national forests, 19 national grasslands, and 15 land utilization projects on 192,000,000 acres of publicly owned lands in 44 states. Make no mistake: This fox is not guarding the hen house - this fox is IN the hen house. Rey, more than any other individual, has brought about the insanity of the Biscuit logging plan. Not that there's any point in trying to change his mind, but he's Mark.Rey@usda.gov / 202-720-7173
address: PO Box 12583
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