Tag Archives: old growth forests

US Lawmaker Calls for Stiffer Penalties for Forest Protesters and their “Reign of Terror”

21 Mar


 A tree farmer serving in the Legislature wants to put tougher penalties on people who chain themselves to equipment and block roads to stop logging on state forests.

“There’s been a 30-year reign of terror by these people having no respect for the rights of others,” Rep. Wayne Krieger, R-Gold Beach, said Friday. “If they want to do civil disobedience, they can do that. It’s part of the Oregon Constitution, and the federal. But when they go beyond that and start chaining themselves to trees, locking themselves to equipment, and laying down in the road, and in any way they impede access, then they have gone over the line.”

His bill (HB 2995) would create a new felony charge of interference with state forestland management, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $25,000 fine. A companion bill (HB 2596) would allow loggers to sue protesters for lost income plus $10,000 up to six years after a protest. Continue reading

Lawsuit Filed to Protect Threatened Marbled Murrelets From Clearcutting in Oregon State Forests

31 May

by the Center for Biological Diversity

Juvenile marbled murrelet on its nest platform high in an old growth Douglas-fir tree. (Tom Hamer photo)

PORTLAND, Ore.— Cascadia Wildlands, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Audubon Society of Portland filed a lawsuit today in federal court charging that the state of Oregon’s clearcutting practices illegally harm threatened marbled murrelets within the Tillamook, Clatsop and Elliott state forests in violation of the Endangered Species Act. The conservation organizations are calling on Gov. John Kitzhaber to develop a plan for state forests that will adequately protect the rare seabirds that spend most of their lives on the ocean but come inland to nest and breed in mature and old-growth forests.

“The state of Oregon is out of touch with the values of Oregonians by ignoring the dire needs of species teetering on the brink of extinction, like marbled murrelets,” said Francis Eatherington, conservation director of Cascadia Wildlands. “Governor Kitzhaber has to step up and call for the development of a long-term, science-based plan for these forests that doesn’t result in an ongoing decline of the imperiled seabird.”

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If It Ain’t Broke, Break It, A Message for the Earth First! Journal

27 Dec

Winter Solstice 2011
Dear Eco-Warrior,

Hopefully by now you’ve had a chance to see the Mabon issue of the Earth First! Journal. As you read this, Earth First!ers are hard at work plotting against mountaintop removal mining, tar sands infrastructure, GE crops, the logging of old growth forests, militarization, and the pollution of the wild spirit. Here at the Journal we have our hands full, fighting our own fights in the woods and in the courts whilst finishing up the next issue due out in January. It promises to be an extra special edition for your collection of anarcho-redneck/hippy/pagan/eco-feminist literature. The Yule issue will include analysis of Deep Green Resistance, the wolf wars, ocean defense, and the Occupy movement, as well as art, fiction and poetry from the front lines [not to mention a self help guide to monkeywrenching big yellow machines]. It will feature authors such as Jane Anne Morris, Ron Sakolsky, Aric McBay, Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness, and Mark Salvo.

You should be happy to know that the Earth First! Journal is still standing strong, despite, or perhaps because of, the economic crisis. Sure, you may have noticed that our last issue was a month or two late, but, through our battles ignoring the IRS, various debt collectors, and the Joint Terrorism Task Force, we do our part in slowing the earth brutalizing economy. (You know the old motto: If it ain’t broke, break it.) Plus, the new issues are beautiful, you must admit, and beauty takes time. But it also takes you!

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Thank you for the continued support!

Yours in defense of the wild,
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