Logging of Old-Growth Ancient Forest
Reserves Begins in Siskiyous
75, moments before she was arrested taking a stand to
protect ancient, old-growth forests on the Siskiyou National
Forest in Oregon from industrial logging. At right is
a photo from March 9th of industrial logging within unit
11 of the Fiddler timber sale. Click
here for more photos and information.
"No, I am not afraid. I am 75
years old...I would rather go out in a blaze, defending the
world I love. I am more afraid that my grandchildren will
think I did not try hard enough to leave them a legacy of
peace, and a world worth living in. I don't want them to know
the beauty of trees by looking at a book. I want them to be
able to walk among 800-year-old trees and know that is our
destiny. That is where we have to get back to."
- Joan Norman, 75, arrested March 14 for the second time
in a week protesting industrial logging of ancient, old-growth
forest reserves in the Siskiyou Wild Rivers Area of Oregon.
Logging of Old-Growth Ancient Forest Reserves Begins
in Oregon's Siskiyous
50 Citizens Arrested in Past Week During Peaceful, Non-Violent
PLEASE HELP THEM OUT! Calls/Emails/Donations are needed from
around the country!
On Monday, March 7 industrial logging of massive
trees began in "protected" old-growth forest reserves
in the Siskiyou Wild Rivers Area of the Siskiyou National
Forest in Southwestern Oregon. This is the first time that
logging of this magnitude has occurred in old-growth forest
reserves (called Late Successional Reserves) since the creation
of the Northwest Forest Plan over ten years ago.
This industrial logging of old-growth forests is part of the
Biscuit Logging Project, the largest Forest Service timber
sale in modern history. Thirty square miles of ancient forests
and inventoried roadless wildlands will be destroyed as the
Forest Service intends to log 370 million board feet of trees,
enough to fill 74,000 log trucks lined up for over 600 miles.
Nearly 50 citizens have been arrested in the past week in
an attempt to delay the logging with peaceful, non-violent
road blockades, and as 75 year-old Joan Norman said as she
was being arrested, "We have no laws protecting our forests
so we will be the law."
During the latest action, which took place on March 14, a
group of 30 local women including elders, church members and
conservationists, sat down on the a bridge over the Wild and
Scenic Illinois River to block logging trucks at dawn on Monday
morning - offering themselves up for certain arrest - locking
down in solidarity against the lawless logging of federally
protected old-growth forest reserves within the Siskiyou Wild
Rivers Area of Oregon.
Those arrested include 4 women in their 70s and a woman 9-months
pregnant who earlier was interviewed live by Amy Goodman on
"Democracy Now!" while she was having contractions
on the bridge.
Before she was arrested, community elder and artist Dot Fisher
Smith, 76, said "We are united in a historic confrontation
and we are wearing black today in solidarity with the blackened
trees; to give voice to the voiceless. These grandmother trees
must not be violently ripped from the Earth. Those trees want
to fulfill their birthright by providing shade, shelter and
retaining moisture for the newly regenerating forest, as has
occurred naturally for countless thousands of years."
In the latest legal action, Judge Hogan denied the Cascadia
Wildlands Project, Klamath Forest Alliance, Native Forest
Network and National Forest Protection Alliance motion for
a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO). These plaintiffs will
be filling an emergency order before the 9th Circuit immediately.
Calls and emails are needed from around the country
to show wide spread opposition to industrial logging in this
incredible place and tell the story of the courageous people
defending the Wild Siskiyous!
Call Forest Service officials and tell them to:
1. To immediately halt the logging of old-growth reserves
in the Siskiyou and allow full judicial review.
2. To protect roadless Siskiyou forests by preventing the
auction of logging sales in inventoried roadless wildlands
like the Mike's Gulch logging project.
Linda Goodman - Pacific Northwest Regional Forester
phone: (503) 808-2200
fax: (503) 808-2210
Scott Conroy - Rogue/Siskiyou National Forest Supervisor
phone: (541) 858-2210
fax: (541) 858-2205
In addition to calling the Forest Service officials above,
you can call the Capitol Switchboard and ask for your members
of Congress at (202) 224-3121. To find out who your members
of Congress are, go to: http://www.congress.org.
MORE BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Old-growth forest reserves (or LSRs) were set-aside in the
Northwest Forest Plan in order to safeguard habitat for rare
plants and animals that depend on older forests to survive.
In the Siskiyou Wild Rivers Area, fire is a natural part of
these forests, and the reserves that burned in the 2002 have
begun rejuvenating naturally. The big, old-growth legacy trees
created by the fire are a key building-block of this recovery
and critical to protect soils and provide wildlife habitat,
but the Forest Service is targeting them for logging. Doing
so destroys critical habitat for birds and other wildlife,
increases the risk of erosion, and puts the region's fragile
salmon and steelhead runs in danger.
The forests of the Siskiyou Wild Rivers Area belong to all
Americans. With five National Wild and Scenic Rivers, the
Siskiyou Wild Rivers Area is one of the best remaining refuges
for wild native salmon and steelhead left on the Pacific coast.
The Siskiyou Mountains in Oregon contain a wealth of other
significant ecological values, including a distinctive and
diverse geology, unparalleled botanical richness, numerous
endemic and highly restricted plant species, unique flora
and fauna habitat, unparalleled recreation opportunities,
and clean water.
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Wild Rivers Area go to:
Donations for Legal Defense for the 50 Citizens Arrested
can be sent to:
PO Box 1669
Cave Junction, OR 97523
Checks should be made out to Kalmiopsis EF!