Tag Archives: Cascadia Forest Defenders

Oregon Call to Action: White Castle Treesit Needs Your Help

29 Aug

from Cascadia Forest Defenders

whitecastleSince the beginning of June this year, we have been occupying Unit 8 of the White Castle Timber Sale. We are tree-sitting and physically blockading logging of this ecosystem because we are opposed to the destruction of native forests in the name of bad science, clearcutting and what this timber sale proposes for the future of forestry practices in Oregon.

The BLM is proposing a closure that would restrict access to the timber sale. For more information about the closure, read this. We are asking for people to send comments to the BLM voicing their opposition to the closure by writing to: BLM_OR_RB_Mail@blm.gov. Thank you!

We will stay until the timber sale is dropped and the forest is protected. The weather and law enforcement are likely to get less friendlier but we will persevere. Too much is already gone to not fight for what remains. And we need your help! We need folks to join us in the woods, help us collect and transport supplies and we need folks to keep spreading the word.

If you want to come out to the woods or support us get in touch by emailing us at forestdefensenow@gmail.com. We have open weekly meetings Mondays at five in the Owens Rose Garden in Eugene, OR, which all are invited to attend if you are interested in finding out more of what we are about or want to find a way to plug in.

The White Castle Variable Retention Harvest (VRH) or the Roseburg BLM Pilot Project is 190 acre clearcut near the town of Myrtle Creek in southern Oregon. All of the timber sale is within area proposed as critical habitat for the survival of the Northern Spotted Owl and is in the home range of five different owl pairs. Located in between the ‘dry eastside’ and ‘moist westside’ forests, White Castle has incredible biodiversity, with Western Red Cedars and Sugar Pines, swamp ecosystems beside poison oak patches. White Castle is also located within the watershed of Myrtle Creek and the surrounding communities.

To view the Timber Sale prospectus ( the document that the BLM produces giving you all the information about logging plans and ecosystems of a given timber sale) follow this link

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Cascadia Calling!

10 Aug

by Cascadia Forest Defenders

elliott group photo

Comrades, Allies, Friends!

For almost three months, Cascadia Forest Defenders have been tree sitting and blockading the White Castle Timber sale – against the destruction of the remaining old forests and for the right of all living things to exist. We intend to stay until  White Castle is once more a forest and no longer a timber sale and will continue to maintain our blockades while pressuring the powers that be to back off.

We are calling out for more blockaders, tree sitters, dreamers, the malcontent, all folks of a diversity of skill sets and abilities to come join us. Continue reading

Cascadia Forest Defenders March on Campus and Downtown Eugene

4 Mar


Cross-posted from Daily Emerald

An march organized by the Cascadia Forest Defenders took place on campus Sunday in an attempt to generate awareness in a campaign against industrial resource extraction.

Around 1 p.m. participants gathered in the Erb Memorial Union Amphitheater before marching into downtown Eugene, chanting verbal protests against resource extraction and the financing of environmentally destructive efforts. The parade route ran through downtown, stopping to allow the protest of financing of environmentally damaging practices at local branches of national banks, before returning to campus where it culminated with a call to action against harmful environmental destruction.

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An Invitation from Cascadia

6 Jun

Join us in the woods to learn the skills needed to defend the wild!

Cascadia is a vast area of wilderness that includes Oregon, Washington and stretches north through British Columbia, Canada. The Cascadia Forest Defenders and Cascadia Earth First! of Oregon are dedicated to protecting the dense forests of giant trees, cold rushing waters and thriving biodiversity. This summer these Earth warriors were on the road throughout the Cascadia Oregon region to educate communities about the ongoing threat of destruction to our American wilderness. If you missed one of the Cascadia EF! Roadshow tour dates, consider joining forest defenders in the woods for a Earth First! Cascadia Regional Rendezvous!

Following the Earth First! Cascadia Roadshow, organizers are back at their home bases to prepare for the regional Rondy. You are invited to join in the forest defense movement! If you have always wanted to become more involved in wilderness protection and the “no compromise” environmental movement, a national or regional Earth First! Summer Rendezvous is a great place to learn about the ongoing struggle to defend our wild, public lands and the species that call these areas home. An EF! Rendezvous is also a place to expand the movement, strengthen connections, and celebrate the work that is involved in protecting the wild. Continue reading