Earth First! Northwest Rendezvous June 10-13
We Want to Spend the End of the World with You
Cascadia Forest Defenders and the League of Extra-Ornery Cascadians are
pleased to announce the Earth First! Northwest Rendezvous, from June
10-13, 2016, in the heart of the southern Cascades.
Get ready for a long, very hot summer of action with our traditional
socializing/working fest, unwinding in the old forest with old friends,
meeting new friends and allies, sharing meals and skills and crazy
ideas, and maybe a soft drink or cup of ale. Take a plant hike, a dip in
the river, climb an ancient Doug or Buffalo Rock, or troop up into one
of the nearby threatened forests (you may be back).
We've got: an incredible old-growth site that runs for over a mile along
a lovely, if potentially lethal, river. Delicious water, a certain
amount of medical resources, noon circles, and fabulous company that's
guaranteed to increase your chances of federal surveillance and higher
standing with your grandchildren, grand-nephews and nieces, etc. And
they're pretty good hands with wildlands survival, plants, navigation,
tree climbing, direct action strategy and tactics, ecology, regional
history, and many other things in which you might be interested. Expect
some formalized workshops. Maybe plan on sharing what you know.
You bring: your sustainable self, which should include food, a means to
prepare same* (no centralized community kitchen; this is old-school),
camping gear, bug-repellant, rain gear, decent closed-toe shoes,
headlamp, CUP, plate and/or bowl, fork and/or spoon, party clothes,
bio-centric pov, capacity to disregard the rule of law (or accept and
support that disregard in others), tolerance and sense of humor. Musical
(or similar) talents are revered and appreciated.
Please don't bring: dogs (leg-hold traps have been found in the area,
and wildlife could use one less hassle on the landscape), an abusive
attitude, secret microphones, or any idea your workshop needs to be
So, you wanna get up in the old-growth, trying to halt a roadless area
timber sale, or get acquainted with the kayak mob and the oil
blockaders? Come out to the woods and check us out. Stick around Monday
for a kick-ass action(s). Heck, why not just make a summer of it?
*a small pot or pan and cook stove; though a foil wrapped spud in a
small camp fire will get it done. There will be inevitable informal
potlucking, as well.
The site is on the banks of the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the
Willamette River, 20-some miles north of the human settlements of
Westfir and Oakridge, Oregon. Most seeking the 'voo will travel north or
south on Interstate 5, as the case may be, to turn east onto Hwy 58,
just south of Eugene. At the Middle Fork Ranger Station (a bit past Mile
Post 31), the traveler will turn left at the sign for Westfir, cross a
green trestle bridge over the Middle Fork, and make a left at the stop
sign. A few miles along this road, the traveler will encounter a 4-way
stop and a red covered bridge on the left hand side of the road.
Proceeding straight through, the road changes it's name to FS Rd 19,
also referred to as the Aufderheide Loop. Traveling north through
ancient forest and thinned second-growth along the beautiful and risky
North Fork for 20.7 miles (there are mile markers along FS Rd 19), just
after crossing our river to put it on the south side of the road, the
attentive rondyvooer will turn left up FS Rd 1939, and follow that back
west. They'll follow this road, ignoring the right fork (FS Rd 758)
about ½ mile up, and will find a trailhead marker and trail about 1.5
miles from the 19 Rd. We'll call this the Front Gate and with little
parking here, gear should be unloaded and the vehicle moved further up
the road to be parked, as per direction from the Front Gate crew.
Those travelers determined to approach from the east will have to hit
Hwy 58 off of I-97, between Chemult and La Pine, drive through Oakridge,
and make the turn to Westfir as described in the directions above.
There is no cell reception at the site.
For more information, check out the Cascadia Forest Defenders at
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