The Oxygen Collective has been at the forefront of both public education and popular protest of Biscuit logging. We will be offering a free multi-media presentation reviewing the Biscuit saga up to now and highlighting how the latest logging proposals will create detrimental national precedents. This will be conveyed in a high energy show featuring music, video, speakers and slides of direct action for the biscuit. Featuring the films Keep Towing That Line, and Portland IMC's own Truth & Lies of the Biscuit Fire.
The US Forest Service recently revealed its plans to salvage log the Blackberry and Mike's Gulch timber sales which surround the Kalmiopsis Wilderness in Southern Oregon's Biscuit Burn. In one fell swoop, this administration has brought together the nation's three top logging issues into one highly vulnerable package.
1) Protests of the Biscuit scheme have made this the nation's most controversial logging project in years. Still one year after the protests began, national media continues to cover the issue.
2) Unraveling roadless area protections has been this administration's top timber priority for the last five years. Revoking the Clinton rule and breaking his promise made to Governors, the Biscuit is now slated for Bush's first roadless logging project in the entire country.
3) This summer Congress is taking up proposals which would quash environmental law by allowing "salvage" logging with little public oversight. In November, Representative Greg Walden introduced a bill, called the "Forest Emergency Recovery and Research Act" (HR4200) that overruns protections for forests, fish and wildlife in order to rush logging and roadbuilding after normal, natural events that occur in national forests. This bill is damaging to our forest ecosystems and cannot be defended as scientifically credible.
Come learn about and plug into the fight to protect roadless forests!
April 17 - Eugene, University of Oregon, 110 Willamette Hall @ 7 pm
April 18 - Portland, Clinton Street Theatre, 2522 SE Clinton St @ 7:30 pm
April 19 - Eugene, Lane Community College, Building 17, Room 307 @ 1 pm
April 21 - Medford, Medford Public Library, 413 West Main Street @ 7:30 pm