portland independent media center  
images audio video
newswire article announcements oregon & cascadia

actions & protests | environment | forest defense | save the biscuit

In Defense of the Biscuit: Now available on DVD!

"In Defense of the Biscuit is simultaneously beautiful, heartbreaking, and inspiring. It is the story of one of the most beautiful places on earth, and of the courageous individuals and groups who are defending this place from devastation caused by huge corporations and criminal logging company operators who are protected in their illegal activities by armed (selective) law enforcement officers. Watch this film, and then go join these or other activists on the front lines of forest defense".  Derrick Jensen, author, A Language Older Than Words, The Culture of Make Believe.
video cover
video cover
In Defense of the Biscuit
A new documentary on the Siskiyou Wild Rivers Area, the Biscuit Logging Plan and a community opposed.

Available now on DVD with special features. VHS copies available for $10 (reply to email). Bulk and distribution orders accepted.
Order online at  link to www.biscuitfire.org

See the true story of Joan Norman and others who rose to the challenge and defended the Siskiyou Wild Rivers Area. Joan statement regarding the effort to stop the Forest Service's largest logging project in modern history, the Biscuit, "Tell them to get some fire in their bellies and come to this gate of paradise and help us defend it. Tell them to come. I will be here." Joan passed on July 23rd, 2005 but her struggle lives on.

The Siskiyou Wild Rivers: One of the last, great unbroken, but unprotected wildlands on the Pacific Coast; is one of the most botanical national forest in the US, has the highest concentration of National Wild and Scenic rivers, and the largest roadless area in Oregon. The Biscuit Fire: This lightning-caused fire set off a feeding frenzy with the giant timber companies and the Bush Forest Service. They proposed the largest timber sale on public lands in modern history. The Community: The people spoke out in record numbers to say NO! to this proposed destruction of their wildlands. And when their wishes were ignored, an alliance of young and old organized themselves in non-violent direct-action, In Defense of the Biscuit.

This 93 minute video begins by exploring the unique ecology of the Siskiyou Wild Rivers area, its natural processes shaped by fire, and the devastating effects of post-fire logging on ancient forests and roadless areas. During which time a community stands strong and organizes against the imminent logging. Over 60 people are arrested blocking roads to the Fiddler Timber Sale, part of the Biscuit logging plan.

A semi-autonomous free state is erected at the green bridge leading into the sale and new methods of road blockades are introduced. Both young and old come together to take part in a massive community effort to stop the "illegal logging" before a court can rule on its validity.

Speakers featured include Aggie Pilgrim (oldest descendent of the Takelma people and tireless spokeswoman for her native lands), Dominick DellaSala, Forest Ecologist and Program Director for World Wildlife Fund's Klamath Siskiyou office, Joan Norman (72 year-old grandmother and life-long activist arrested twice during the Biscuit campaign), John West Owner of Silver Creek Logging Company, Greg Bennett- ecologist, Tim Ream and Laurel Sutherline organizers from the Oxygen Collective, and many others. Year of production: 2005

In Defense of the Biscuit, a Film by Pat Patterson
Filmmaker Pat Patterson is a 6-year cable-access producer at Rogue Valley Community Television in Ashland, Oregon. He has been responsible for over 100 programs of varying lengths. After a recently awakening to the desperate plight of our last wild places, Pat started a new series, The Northwest EcoTimes: The very first episode took him to the Illinois River Valley and his first encounter with the great wildlands known as Siskiyou Wild Rivers. It was also his first look, up close and personal, at the area of this wilderness encompassed by the Biscuit Fire of 2002: What Pat saw was a lush, healthy, naturally- regenerating forest in which the burned trees were an integral part of the recovery process.

Pat couldn't let it pass. There had to be a voice to this: These people and this wilderness are crying out. Someone had to tell this story. There was no money to produce a film. Could he do it without money? Well, he had been doing it for years without money. But this project was too big for him. Could he pull it off alone. NO! but fortunately he didn't have to: Life filled the need perfectly, with producer Justin Rohde....and a multitude of community members with camcorders: The True Free and Independent Media.


In Defense of the Biscuit
Producer: Justin Rohde

homepage: homepage: http://www.biscuitfire.org/video