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

actions & protests | forest defense

Fall Creek Salvage Sale Timber Auction

Activists protest the Fall Creek salvage sale, and manage to sit at the table with the timber company bidders.
On Tuesday, November 2, at 10 am, Cascadia Forest Defenders organized a protest at the Middle Fork Ranger Station in the Willamette National Forest, in Westfir, OR to show opposition to the Fall Creek Salvage Sale, where 2.422 million board feet were to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Just under twenty protesters occupied the lawn and lined the highway in front of the Ranger Station. After speaking with the head LEO of the Willamette National Forest, one activist, black flowing cape and all, was allowed entry inside the building, and was permitted to sit at a table alongside the bidding timber companies (Bald Knob, Butte Timberland, and Silver Creek Lumber), with stern warnings not to disrupt the proceedings.

Fifteen minutes after the bidding began, it ended, with Silver Creek Lumber (a front for Columbia Helicopters) winning the high bid of $195.00 / 1,000 board feet. If you do the math, it comes out roughly to be $480,000. Attempts to pass out literature and to converse with the timber companies about forest fire ecology proved futile, with timber company execs. unwilling to listen to what they insist are "hippie-isms."

Information with "See you in the woods," was left in strategic locations inside the Ranger Station, and similar veiled threats were passed along to Forest Service personnel.

oh hells bells 04.Nov.2005 21:57


I thought we got this taken care of. Are we gonna hafta reoccupy this sale?
Last i heard the federal district court in SF wrote a statement that the forest service had shown blatant disregard for the law in regards to this sale and that they judge highly recommended it not be cut, and that if they did want to cut then it would hafta be taken to federal court to be done legally.

whaats the scoop guys?

Fire salvage 05.Nov.2005 13:16

Sliver Thistleprick

This is a fire salvage sale, where the Forest Service insists they are "restoring" a fire-burned landscape. We will be seeing more and more of these sales in the upcoming years, sales such as the Biscuit and B&B.

As I write this, Oregon State Sen. Walden is introducing a bill into the House that would enact "emergency" measures for aggressive logging immediately following forest fires, even in protected old-growth reserves. Forest fires are, of course, vital natural processes that rejuvenate a forest, and recovery is actually hindered by logging and replanting. Let Senator Wyden (Walden introduced the bill, but Wyden needs to hear about it)know that you oppose any logging in the wake of fire: Senator Ron Wyden, 700 NE Multnomah St., Suite 450, Portland, OR 97232 541-431-0229.

tanks a yacht 05.Nov.2005 22:03

a former

thanx for the info, i know the area they are talkin about, remember the fire well. shit fire, hope that wyden stays true to his word and big money logger types dont derail him....thanx again, whoever you are you rock