PACIFIC NORTHWEST U.S.A.: FOREST DESTRUCTION
Ten Years of the Northwest Forest Plan: Eco-Resistance in Cascadia13 Apr 2004 03:45 GMT
Now, in Southern Oregon, the largest timber sale in history - 40+ square miles of logging - is taking shape, innocuously named the "Biscuit Recovery Project". The Oxygen Collective is currently on a month long road show highlighting Bush's plans for the area. Earth First! will hold its regional rendezvous there, June 10-14. The deep south Cascades are certain to be a hot spot: nearby, just across the CA border multinational energy giant Calpine (a co-conspirators with ENRON in the California energy crisis) and war profiteers Halliburton are planning to decimate 10,000's of acres of sacred tribal land around Medicine Lake for geothermal energy exploration.
East of the Cascade crest in Oregon massive old growth logging masquerading as forest-fire fuels reduction is being fought by groups like Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project and PROWL. New direct action groups like the Klamath-Salmon Action Network are activating in Northern California. A long-standing group, the Cascadia Forest Defenders, has just initiated a renewed womyn and trans gendered occupation in the forests near Eugene, OR.
Citizen surveyors like Bark, the Cascadia Wildlands Project, and the tree-climbing Northwest Ecological Survey Team are all expanding their efforts. Back to the WALL - promises to bring folks from all walks of life and across generational and geographical divides to the forests this summer to see it all go down.
As one Cascadian put it - "Bush is using Cascadia as his playground for a new forest policy, we will use it as our palette of resistance."
RELATED GROUPS: Back to the WALL | Bark | Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project | Cascadia Forest Defenders | Cascadia Wildlands Project | EPIC | Klamath-Salmon Action Network | KS Wild | Medicine Lake Infopage | Northwest Ecosystem Survey Team | Oxygen Collective | PROWL