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Tree-Sit News: White Castle Temporary Area Closure

The Roseburg Bureau of Land Management has proposed putting up a road closure for the 15 miles of road surrounding the White Castle Timber Sale. This is directly targeted at making it more difficult for us to access and defend this land. The following text is taken from the BLM website, full text can be found at:

White Castle Temp Area Closure Environmental Assessment (pdf)

Summary: Under 43 CFR 8364.1, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes to temporarily restrict motorized and non-motorized public access to the contract area of the White Castle Variable Retention Harvest project for up to 24 months. Administrative use by the BLM and its contractors, U.S. Forest Service, Douglas Forest Protective Association, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), and access by parties with rights of reciprocal use would be permitted. Signs and temporary traffic barriers would be used to restrict public access to the 2,167-acre Action Area including approximately 15 miles of road within the area. The purpose for this proposed action is to quickly implement a temporary closure of the area to public use during active logging operations. The need for action results from the danger to timber sale protesters within harvest units of an active timber sale; risks to personnel engaged in timber harvest operations; and potential damage to roads, vehicles, and equipment.

If this closure goes into effect the only people with permission to go into the timber sale area are logger or other timber operators. This also gives law enforcement the ability to evict sitters and ground support on the basis of us violating a 'closure'. What was once the commons is now restricted. This is a popular place for recreation in addition to being a beautiful forest. Locals will be severely impacted in their freedom of movement, all so the BLM can make it harder for us.

We have thirty days to comment on this proposed closure and we need support! We might be able to get this closure cancelled, or better yet this screwy timber sale dropped with enough public pressure. Please contact the Roseburg BLM and tell them they have no right to destroy native forests much less restrict access to it's defenders.

Comments can be sent to:
Steven Lydick
U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
Roseburg District Office
777 NW Garden Valley Blvd.
Roseburg, Oregon 97470
(541) 464-3211
sdlydick@blm.gov

You can also contact the Roseburg BLM office directly at:
541-440-4930
BLM_OR_RB_Mail@blm.gov

Thanks for your support -
Cascadia Forest Defenders