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.