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Scotia, Humboldt County - Activists calling for the preservation of endangered marbled murrelet habitat converged on an active Pacific Lumber logging site at 6 a.m. this morning. Nearly four dozen people, carrying a huge banner saying PROTECT NANNING OLD GROWTH held forth at the three access gates to the controversial logging plan in one of the last areas of high quality habitat for the threatened bird on California's north coast.
When what is called a "one log truck" - a logging truck bearing a section of redwood tree so large that only one section can fit on the trailer?came out of the main gate, two women spontaneously sat down in front of it, and then climbed up on top of the massive cut redwood. Police on the scene scrambled up after them, and eventually the women were arrested and taken away sometime after 10 am. During the arrest scene, one additional person was pepper sprayed while being arrested, and was taken away in an ambulance after having problems due to his asthmatic condition.
After the arrests, some of the crowd marched to Pacific Lumber headquarters in the company town of Scotia carrying signs saying "You are cutting our children's future" and chanting "Hey Robert Manne, you can save Nanning" Robert Manne is president of Maxxam subsidiary Pacific Lumber.