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Seventeen year old halts old-growth logging in the Biscuit

A blockade has been constructed to stop ancient forest logging within the Biscuit timber sale and to honor the late Joan Norman. Atop a platform 50 feet in the air, a 17 year-old woman sits committed to halt felling within this contested old growth reserve timber sale, called Hobson.

Ancient forest logging began at the Hobson old-growth reserve timber sale last week. The sale has been the site of numerous acts of civil disobedience. In the wake of a court decision in favor of the timber industry's further exploitation and destruction of the very last
ancient forests on public land, large numbers of citizens continue to come out of the woodwork to defend the Wild Siskiyous. The media is invited to visit the Joan Norman Memorial Road Blockade today.
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For Immediate Release
August 7, 2005

SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD WOMAN HALTS OLD-GROWTH LOGGING IN THE BISCUIT IN
MEMORY OF JOAN NORMAN

Media Contact: Wild Siskiyou Action/Shanna Foley
541-659-2682

A blockade has been constructed to stop ancient forest logging within
the Biscuit timber sale and to honor the late Joan Norman. Atop a
platform 50 feet in the air, a 17 year-old woman sits committed to halt
felling within this contested old growth reserve timber sale, called
Hobson.

Ancient forest logging began at the Hobson old-growth reserve timber
sale last week. The sale has been the site of numerous acts of civil
disobedience. In the wake of a court decision in favor of the timber
industry's further exploitation and destruction of the very last
ancient forests on public land, large numbers of citizens continue to
come out of the woodwork to defend the Wild Siskiyous. The media is
invited to visit the Joan Norman Memorial Road Blockade today.

In the spirit of 75 year-old late activist Joan Norman, who inspired
people all over the world with her courageous acts of commitment to
ancient forest protection, the young woman is currently suspended 50
feet in the air. The platform is suspended from a traverse between two
trees, with support lines anchored into multiple points in the road.
Any interference with the ropes will cause the platform to tip, thus
endangering the woman's safety.

“I’m incredibly inspired by Joan,? said Leera, the young woman occupying
the road blockade. “I know that the protection of the last ancient
forests is up to all of us; following in Joan’s footsteps, its time for
my generation to lead the way.?

Leera intends to remain in the structure until old-growth logging is
halted at Hobson. At only 17 years of age Leera is putting her young
life on the line to protect the ancient forests that she loves. Leera
is also dedicating the blockade to Joan and hopes that her act will
help to inspire others to take action.

We are also announcing a new canopy protection station in Unit 12 of
Hobson. Located in an area that highlights the complexity of fire
ecology, hanging amongst the intermixed mosaic of green and singed
trees, is an innovative canopy protection station. Unlike a
traditional tree-sit that protects one tree, this design utilizes new
tactics and technology. The protection station is able to defend the
majority of the unit slated to be cut.

Local residents of the Siskiyous and concerned citizens from all over
the country will continue to oppose the destruction of the last roadless
areas and ancient forests on public land. Media is invited to visit the
Memorial Road Blockade on Monday, August 8th. Also, media is welcomed
and invited to visit the canopy protection station on any day, as the
vigil will be sustained until the area is protected.

Escorts and interviews are available – Please call Wild Siskiyou Action
at 541-659-2682
 
 


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defend our future

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biscuit under attack
save the biscuit
 

Re: Seventeen year old halts old-growth logging in the Biscuit

"Environmentalists are a socialist group of individuals that are the tool of the Democrat Party. I'm proud to say that they are my enemy. They are not Americans, never have been Americans, never will be Americans."

- Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), Alaska Public Radio, 08-19-96
 

Re: Seventeen year old halts old-growth logging in the Biscuit

Excellent!
 

Re: Seventeen year old halts old-growth logging in the Biscuit

ummmm, for a tree to be old growth, doesn't it have to be ALIVE??!?

They're only cutting snags up there (and certainly not all of them) In the LSRs and roadless areas, they're leaving the biggest and best snags for wildlife, shade and soils.

AND, only a mere 4% of the fire is being "treated".

Yes, there IS good and bad going on within the Biscuit. This is what happens when politicians get involved with natural resource decisions they have no clue about. Ditto for "tree huggers".

My slant is: Do what is right for the lands
 

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