September 21, 2011
Forest Policy Briefs (Excerpts)
by Rex Storm, Forest Policy Manager
Associated Oregon Loggers
State Timber Protestors: The self-proclaimed “Cascadia Forest Defenders” failed in previous State Forest illegal protests two and ten years ago, during which dozens of people were quickly arrested. Quick arrest and dispersal is key to discouraging such protests. “I think we’re all pretty okay with going to jail. When legal routes don’t work, sometimes it’s necessary to put yourself between the saws,” said a current protestor. Protestors said in a list of demands that their priority is stopping all native forest logging on Oregon public lands.
Protestors Quickly Arrested by State: Three illegal logging protestors were arrested July 28th by Oregon State Police, after dozens of protestors erected road blockades using slash, and perched in trees on the Elkhorn Ranch timber sale, located in Elliott State Forest in Coos County. The arrested were charged with criminal mischief & trespass, and booked into Coos County Jail. Tree sitters had likely attended a protest training event held the prior weekend on the Elliott SF. An Aug. 1st protest inside the Molalla OR Dept. of Forestry office, led to the arrest of three more trespassers.