Tag Archives: Oregon

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

Continue reading

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

Crops of Genetically Engineered Sugar Beets Sabotaged in Oregon

21 Jun

by Kimberly A.C. Wilson / Oregon Live

GMO_sugar_beetsFederal investigators are asking the public to help solve middle-of-the-night crimes that left ruined fields of genetically engineered sugar beets in rural Jackson County.

The crop destruction took place over the course of two separate nights in early June, when an unknown individual or group destroyed about 6,500 sugar beet plants genetically engineered to stand up to the herbicide Roundup on a pair of privately-owned plots of land leased and managed by Syngenta.

Continue reading

Oregon House Passes Bills Targeting Tree-sitters, Environmental Activists

30 Apr

by Yuxing Zheng, cross posted from The Orgonian


SALEM — With talk about “environmental terrorism,” the Oregon House approved two bills Monday that target tree sitters and other environmental activists who interfere with logging in state forests.

House Bill 2595, which passed 43-12, would create the crime of interference with state forestland management. House Bill 2596, which passed 51-4, would allow private contractors with the Oregon Department of Forestry to sue environmental protestors for the cost of damaged equipment, employee wages, attorney fees and similar costs. Both bills head to the Senate.

The legislation comes amid divisive efforts to increase logging in Elliott State Forest near Reedsport and proposals to increase logging in federal forest lands. Environmental activists affiliated with Cascadia Forest Defenders and Cascadia Earth First! staged protests at Elliott State Forest in recent years and at the Oregon State Capitol in May and June 2012, which led to arrests.

“They are known to overturn their vehicles on roads, chain themselves to trees, chain themselves to equipment, damage equipment, dig ditches in the roads, drive spikes in trees to cause injuries to workers, among other dangerous acts,” said Rep. Wayne Krieger, R-Gold Beach, who carried both bills. “This type of conduct cannot and should not be tolerated.”

House Bill 2595 would allow district attorneys “to charge these terrorists with a crime and make them accountable,” he said.

Continue reading

Natural Gas Pipeline Project Struck Down in Court

2 Apr

from birdsbeforethestorm

By Sasha

Ah, the epic story of infrastructure resistance!

The Palomar Liquid National Gas (LNG) Pipeline wants to reconfigure zoning laws to build their pipeline, so the Clatsup County Board of Commissioners put to a referendum whether or not to alter the zoning laws.

Understood as a referendum on LNG, the resulting popular vote turned down the terminal 3-to-1. The county commission subsequently appealed the referendum, holding their own vote to supersede the peoples’ vote that they themselves had called for, presumably because they did not like the outcome.

Through a massive grassroots effort, each pro-LNG commissioner was recalled and replaced by an anti-LNG commissioner, leading to a final decision against the pipeline. The final decision was appealed all the way to the Oregon Supreme Court, which last Thursday refused to see the case.

The pipeline was also kicked out of Mt. Hood last year by the biodiversity group, Bark. Hopefully they will just give up. We won’t stop until they do. To read more, click below:

Continue reading

Turns out this is BS…State of Oregon Owns Rainwater, Criminalizes Permaculture

31 Jul

Update: This article is total bull shit…

Here at the EF! Newswire, we received a response from a local EF!er on this story, which we felt was worthy of relaying on to readers:

“This is total bullshit by the way. I live in Jackson County, and work on the protection of water resources. This guy built dams on ephemeral streams and created ponds that hold 40 acre feet of water. For non-water geeks, that that’s one acre of water, 40 feet tall. That’s a lot of water.

As much as I may not be thrilled with my local rag, they got this one right. [According to the article: “Water managers say the water Harrington has captured is a tributary of nearby Crowfoot Creek.

It is troubling that the government apparently can enforce jurisdiction over every drop of water in the Bug Butte Springs Watershed. But anyone hoping to see the law reconsidered should find a more sympathetic victim of government overreach.”]

Creating dams on streams and removing it from the ecosystem isn’t cool folks. There are Earth First!ers out there using the system to try and keep water in the streams. This guy ain’t one of them.

Don’t swallow the tea party line.”


Thanks for calling us out, folks. Below is the original article, for reference. We apologize for allowing this to be carelessly reprinted. Lesson hard learned…

Oregon Criminalizes Permaculture; Claims State Ownership Over All Rainwater – Ponds and Swales Restricted – Jail Time for Violators

July 29 2012

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor naturalnews.com

There’s nothing more refreshing than standing in a cool, summertime rain shower. Or bathing in the warm sunlight on a crisp spring day. Or inhaling the cool autumn air, fresh with the scent of turning leaves and pine needles. These things — rainwater, sunlight, air — have long been assumed to be not only free, but un-claimable. You can’t claim to own the sunlight that falls on my front yard, for example. A corporation can’t claim intellectual property ownership over the air that you breathe and demand you pay a royalty for inhaling.

But today, Jackson County, Oregon says it owns YOUR rainwater, and the county has sentenced a man to 30 days in jail and fined him over $1500, for the supposed “crime” of collecting rainwater on his own property.

Continue reading

Four chickens liberated from Oregon egg farm

25 May

This week, Bite Back received an anonymous communique from the Animal Liberation Front claiming responsibility for the liberation of four chickens from an Oregon factory farm. The ALF communique stated this was the same farm from which six hens were liberated in January.

The communique reads, in full:

“During the second week of May 2012, two activists entered an egg farm located in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. 4 hens were removed from the premises and placed in good homes where they will live out the rest of their natural lives. This is the same farm where 6 hens were liberated last January.

This action was done to save these individual animals from the torture and misery intrinsic to industrialized egg production, as well as to demonstrate that although we may not be able to free every animal, we can free some. This was done in full solidarity with the anarchists and animal liberationists facing state repression here on the west coast and abroad.

Freeing the prisoners.

**We are intentionally omitting the name, address, and specifics of the farm targeted. The relatively small number of animals taken will most likely, once again, go unnoticed by the farmer and will hopefully allow us to take advantage of the non-existent security on this farm for future raids and investigations.”

Howls of Reprisal: Wolves Return to the Frontlines

17 May

Until their reintroduction in the 1990s wolves were all but wiped out in the Northern Rocky Mountains. No wolves had been spotted in Eastern Oregon since 1946, and further west, the last sighting of a wolf in California was in 1924. 

The formation and spread of the Imnaha wolfpack in Eastern Oregon, however, has returned the apex predators’ howls to the Northwest.  Following the birth of wolfpups in 2010 in the Imnaha region of Oregon, a lone wolf, tagged as OR-7 by Oregon Fish and Wildlife, and Journey, by Oregon school children, wandered over a thousand miles into Northern California in late 2011 with the hope of a wilder future for us all.

But starting in 2012 wolves have been delisted in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming and are well on their way to being legally hunted in the Great Lakes Region further East. The demonization of wolves by ranchers and other interests has already lead to the murder of at least one wolf in Oregon. In California, anti-wolf alliances are already forming should a pack form there.

for more information and analysis on the Imnaha wolfpack and the wolf wars in Oregon read The Howls of Reprisal: Wolf Defense in Oregon by Portland Animal Defense League, printed in the Brigid 2012 issue of the Earth First! Journal.

Ecosexual Hike with Annie Sprinkle and Earth First!er Kim Marks

22 Mar

Annie Sprinkle, ecosexual extraordinaire

Annie Sprinkle and long time Earth First! activist, Kim Marks (who is also the owner of As You Like It sex shop), will be leading a hike in Oregon on Sunday, April 15th for what they’re calling an “ecosexy exploration of the Clackamas River!”

“…Find your e-spot by exploring the sensual side of nature, including the secret sexy life of plants. And, learn new ways to enjoy the Earth in your sex life. This hike will be funny, kinky, educational and full of ecosexy goodness.”

Along with the fame of being featured in the Earth First! Journal last year, Annie Sprinkle is also an internationally known multi-media artist whose work is often studied in History of Performance Art classes, gender studies and film studies at major Universities/Colleges. She has continuously toured one-woman theater performances about her life since 1989, such as Post Porn Modernist and Herstory of Porn. She was also one of the pivotal players in the 80’s “sex positive feminist movement,” and her art work has long championed sex education and equal rights. The film she produced and directed, The Sluts and Goddesses Video Workshop has played in well over 100 film festivals, at museums and galleries, including at the Guggenheim in NYC. Ms. Sprinkle became the first sex film star to successfully bridge into the world of art, and to earn a Ph.D., which she was awarded from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality Continue reading

Former Ecoprisoner Tre Arrow Qualifies for Mayoral Race in Portland

7 Mar

The city of Portland, Oregon, announced that Tre Arrow had submitted enough verified signatures to officially be added to the primary ballot for the 2012 Mayoral election.

In a Survey USA/KATU News poll taken in late February, 7 percent of respondents said Arrow was their choice for mayor, putting him in 4th place of the 23 people contending for the position.

Arrow is well-known for a protest in 2000 when he sat on a narrow ledge for a week at the Portland office of the U.S. Forest Service to protest logging. He was also convicted in 2008 of firebombing three cement trucks at Ross Island Sand & Gravel and setting fire to logging trucks near Estacada and spent 6 years in prison.

In related news from today, prosecutors declined to file charges against Tre after he was arrested Continue reading