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Breaking News: Direct Action in front of Forest Service Building downtown

this just in:
A pdx indymedia reporter at the corner of 2nd & Stark downtown is reporting that a tripod has been set up in the middle of the street in front of the Forest Building. (A tripod is a tall structure that elevates a person high above the ground. They're most often used in road blockades, and have the advantage of being difficult to take down once they're up.)
Police are on the scene, trying to determine how to get the person down. Supporters are on the sidewalk (previously they were in the street), chanting, etc.

This action is to demand an end to all logging in the Biscuit, in southern 'Oregon'.
press statement from action 30.Mar.2005 12:03

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"Cascadia RiSiNG! Action Media" < ef@cascadiarising.org>

Protesters Shutdown SW 2nd Ave: 30 Foot Tripod Occupied

Stumptown Earth First! Shuts Down SW 2nd Ave in front of Portland
USFS Headquarters in protest of Biscuit Logging: 30 Foot Occupied
Tripod, Banners

***For Immediate Release***

Date: March 30, 2005

At 11 am, Stumptown Earth First! shutdown SW 2nd Avenue in downtown
Portland in front of the USFS Region 6 Headquarters in protest of the
Biscuit Logging Project. One protestor currently swings 20 feet in
the air on a tripod structure above the roadway while 30 others rally
around.

Nonviolent civil disobedience actions, aimed at keeping chainsaws out
of the fragile post-burn recovery area, have already resulted in 42
arrests over the past three weeks in the Biscuit logging project.
Today Stumptown Earth First! brings the struggle to save the Biscuit
and end logging on public lands to the front doors of the USFS
regional headquarters in Portland, Oregon.

"We're here today to bring the demands of the public to the front
doors of the Forest Service. Logging is not restoration. This
wasteful project will increase fire hazard, harm the local
nature-based economy, hurt the regeneration of the forest, and cost
the taxpayers millions of dollars," said the protestor perched in the
tripod.

The US Forest Service has systematically undermined the public
process for participating in land management decisions related to
this project. When the USFS first proposed the Biscuit Fire Recovery
Project, they received over 23,000 comments from the public, more
than 95% of them expressing opposition and outrage. In response, the
Bush Administration gave the USFS unprecedented new powers to declare
"emergency exemptions" and deny the citizens who commented their
legal right to appeal the final decision.

The Siskiyou Mountains of Southwest Oregon contain the largest
expanse of wildlands left on the west coast of the US and are
internationally recognized for the extraordinary biodiversity they
support. The Siskiyou National Forest is the most botanically diverse
in the nation, and the Siskiyou Wild Rivers Area contains the highest
concentration of federally-designated Wild and Scenic Rivers in the
lower 48.

The Biscuit Logging Project targets 31 square miles of sensitive
forest areas, including thousands of acres of roadless areas. This
extreme logging is fraudulently billed as restoration, contradicting
the opinions of respected scientists, such as Northwest Forest Plan
architect Jerry Franklin. 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.

Stumptown Earth First! plans to continue protesting the commercial
logging of our national forests. The 25th annual Earth First!
national Round River Rendezvous will take place this July in Mt. Hood
National Forest outside Portland, Oregon.


Biscuit Burn Skillshare Camp 30.Mar.2005 12:39

bisciuteer

Join us in Southern Oregon, we'd be happy to have you!

LEARN HOW TO SAVE THE WILD SISKIYOU AT THE BISCUIT BURN SKILLSHARE CAMP
April 1st to 8th
come for all .... or part .... or stay and never leave!

No joke, Wild Siskiyou Action is taking a week-long break from running the rotten Forest Service ragged with sudden road blockades and large defiant rallies, in order to teach more people how to join in on the fun. Whether you're new to the Siskiyous, or you're a veteran who's lived here since the glaciers melted, we think you'll benefit from the great workshops and discussions led by seasoned activists and long-time valley residents. The more we know, the better we'll be able to fight the biggest timber sale in Forest Service history. There will be practical classes in:

non-violence philosophy and direct action
how to talk to the media
beginning and advanced rope climbing
wilderness first aid, plant identification, and herbal medicine
timber sale monitoring
road blockades and canopy occupations
know-your-legal-rights and jail support
consensus building and communication skills
how to cook for a lot of people with hardly any money
organizing fun community events
sustainable forestry practices
history of the Siskiyou bioregion and the Biscuit fire
interpersonal empowerment and anti-oppression
and much much more!

As a group we will design and execute an action a day to protect the Wild Siskiyous and advocate for the creation of a Biscuit Fire Natural Recovery Area. Meanwhile, logging continues in old growth reserves, and we've been running a vibrant Biscuit campaign for two years, with a lot of creative direct action in the last few weeks. Despite our best efforts, log trucks have begun rolling out of the Fiddler timber sale, the local Forest Service officials are acting like puppets operated by the timber corporations, and roadless area timber sales are going up on the auction block within the next few weeks. Multiple lawsuits are ongoing, but Judge Paul Hogan has refused to halt the logging, and by the time the courts determine that the sales were illegal, the native ecology of 19,000 acres of fire-adapted forest will be thoroughly decimated. We need your help to content these exploitative timber sales, and we hope you'll join us for a while, if not for the rest of this amazing campaign!

To get to Ring Beach Skillshare Camp, taking Hwy 199 South from Grants Pass, towards the coast. In the town of Selma, at the blinking yellow light next to the gas station turn right onto Illinois River Road, and look for our camp on the left at Ring Beach. Please drive carefully on this winding Forest Service Road. Give us a call on the campaign phone at (541) 659-2682 if you have any questions, or you can write to us at the  siskiyou@cascadiarising.org
email account, which we check every once in a while.

See you in the Burn!

PLEASE DISTRIBUTE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT FAR AND WIDE




e-mail::  siskiyou@cascadiarising.org
Homepage::  http://siskiyou.cascadiarising.org

more links:
 http://rogueimc.org/
 http://www.kswild.org/
 http://www.siskiyou.org/

CONGRATULATIONS 30.Mar.2005 13:36

A Thankful Bystander

you guys rock my world! thank you for all you do!

EarthFirst! Rocks 30.Mar.2005 17:45

Peat Moss

I was so excited when I saw this.

What a great statement!!!

The Forest Circus wants to keep the protesters out of the woods, so take the direct action to the bureauRats where they (hope to) hide out in their conrete forts.

EarthFirst! You guys, and gals, rock!

Amazing! Keep it up!