Tag Archives: old growth

Armed Struggle for the Redwoods

28 Sep

A belated review of The Big Trees

by panagioti, for the Earth First! Newswire

If you like the idea of blowing up dams, burning down court houses, and standing side-by-side with Quakers in a reluctant armed revolt against the corrupt logging industry—and you can tolerate a tacky romance—you might wanna watch this 1952 film, The Big Trees, starring Eve Miller and Kirk Douglas in a battle for the old-growth Redwoods of Northern Cali.

That’s all I’m gonna say about that.

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One of the world’s top 10 oldest trees dies in Florida

4 Feb

January 16, 2012 in Central Florida a 3,500 year old Bald Cypress tree known as the “Senator”, passed away.

This tree burned to the ground, due to a fire assumed to have started from a lightening strike it sustained in mid-January, causing an internal fire. The remains of the tree will be left in the park.

From Floridata: “It is a certainty that this tree sprouted about the time when the Egyptians were raising their first pyramids along the Nile. At 15 centuries The Senator was already a forest giant when Christ was born. And by the time Ponce de Leon explored Florida this tree was a 3,000 year old landmark that looked much as it does today, guiding the native people as they traveled the nearby Saint Johns River.” Continue reading

Occupation of Oregon Department of Forestry office

2 Aug

Action in protest of clear cutting plans

By Earth First! Journal collective
Mollala, OR—As a culmination of the annual Trans and Women’s Action Camp (TWAC), activists occupied the regional Oregon Department of Forestry office. Three members of the camp locked themselves together inside the office using modified pipes, refusing to leave until the Oregon Department of Forestry revoke their support for the 2011 Elliott State Forest Management Plan.

The group occupying the office stated that yesterday was the last opportunity for citizens to comment on the plan. Activists involved in the action criticized the plan for opening up areas to logging which were previously off limits. They also criticized the plan for increasing clear cutting to boost local timber jobs while not making any decisive moves to regulate or even monitor the large timber export industry which ships logs and jobs overseas.

The TWAC was formed out of a need to make space for marginalized identities that otherwise may not be represented within the broader push for environmental justice. This action is organized and carried out by women and transgendered people.

According to OregonLive.com: The three people, whose identities have not been released, will be charged with criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct and will be booked in Clackamas County Jail.

In addition to Molalla police, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office deployed seven members of its Community Emergency Response Team to assist in dealing with crowd control.

The group was in protest of the state forestry department plans to clear-cut a total of 87 acres, mostly mature Douglas Fir, as part of the Elkhorn Ranch timber sale. The protesters have objected to the proposed logging in the forest because it could threaten wildlife in the area.

Recent road blockade in the Elliot State Forest, photo from benjaminbrayfield.wordpress.com

Last week, three people from the group were arrested at the timber sale site after perching on aerial platforms installed high in two trees. Two dozen people also blockaded roads and climbed trees in objection to the sale and deforestation.

Police spokesman Det. Scott Douglas said Oregon 211 had to be closed because members of the group were initially interfering with traffic. The roadway was re-opened at about 3:30 p.m.  Many of the protesters were inside the office from around 10:45 a.m., and began disrupting workers in the building with their chanting. The continued presence of the protesters lead to officials deciding to close the office early for the day.

“It’s a shame, really,” said Douglas. “This office mostly deals with fire suppression and has nothing to do with what’s going on in the Coos Bay area forest.”

Meredith Cocks, an organizer of the TWAC from Portland, OR, had a different opinion: “It’s absolutely devastating to walk into the middle of a clearcut in the Elliott and know that after decades of fighting for forest protection this sort of logging is still accepted on public lands. This is some of our last intact coastal rainforest, a precious place that deserves our respect, not to be decimated by the ODF.”

Call to Defend Old Growth Forests in Eastern Oregon

13 May

Northern Spotted owl in Deschutes National Forests

An Action Alert from the Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project (BMBP) is asking people to help stop the Forest Service from moving forward on the 5 Buttes timber sale in Deschutes National Forest. At stake are over 3,000 acres of Northern Spotted owl habitat suitable for nesting, roosting and foraging. The Forest Service admits that the area would no longer be suitable habitat after the sale, which has no size limit for logging. The diverse forest includes old growth Sugar pine, Shasta Red fir, Grand fir, White pine, Ponderosa pine, and Douglas fir. While representatives of the Forest Service from the Crescent Ranger District claim the 5 Buttes sale is scheduled for later in the year, BMBP (a group which has been surveying timber sales in Eastern Oregon for 20 years) believes that the sale could begin destroying the area at any time.

View across Davis Lake, which is adjacent to the 5 Buttes timber sale

Oregon is home to some of this country’s last remaining old growth, native forests. Tell the Forest Service to cancel the 5 Buttes sale now.

You can call the Deschutes Forest Supervisor and tell ’em how you feel at (541) 383-5300. And if that isn’t satisfying, call the people responsible for managing the sale at the Crescent Ranger District (541) 433-3200.

And if that don’t do it, get ready to strap on your climbing harnesses…

Two Conservationists Arrested in Tasmanian Tree Sit, Clearcutting, Resistance Continues

22 Mar

March,21–Two conservationists have been arrested this evening in Tasmania’s far south, after spending twelve hours perched in tree sits. The tree sits made up two blockades that were situated on the Peak Rivulet rd, and prevented logging in three high conservation value forests today,” Huon Valley Environment Centre’s Jenny Weber said.

On the next day the Huon Valley Environment Centre began conducting a walk in on logging operations at West Wellington. 15 Conservationists walked in to an old growth logging area in the West Wellington region of Tasmania’s southern forests.

“These forests that are being logged every day in the West Wellington were started during the three month phase out period from December to March. If the State Government had acted to implement a progressive moratorium and no new logging roads were permitted after the 15 December, these high conservation value forests would have been saved,” Huon Valley Environment Centre’s Jenny Weber said.

“Conservation values of the forests that the community has walked in to today, include endangered species habitat and water catchment for the Judds Creek community. The ongoing loss of unique old growth forests is due to the State Government prioritising timber barons with wood supply security rather than rural communities who are asking for their livelihoods, health and environment are protected,” Jenny Weber said.

“A large tract of unlogged and unroaded forest was defended today by thirty five campaigners. Huon Valley Environment Centre is committed to an ongoing campaign to stand up for the rapidly vanishing ancient forests in southern Tasmania. There is an urgent need to protect these endangered species habitats and valuable wild forests,” Jenny Weber said.

Visit www.nativeforest.net for more about Tasmanian forest defense