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Group claims to have spiked trees in an effort to prevent timber sales

08/18/02

BRYAN DENSON, Oregonian

Saboteurs have claimed responsibility for spiking trees in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to dissuade logging, the third such incident in the region since July 2001.
         
A Thursday night e-mail from the Earth Liberation Front press office, quoting a nameless underground group, said spikes were driven into hundreds of conifers in the Kirk timber sale near Randle, Wash. The group said the spikes -- some metallic, some not -- were placed at various heights in the trees to prevent logging in the habitat of elk, owl and bear.

"This action seeks to keep these old growth trees from ever being cut," according to the group's communique. "It is not intended to put any timber workers at risk. This message is being sent out before any trees are felled."

Tom Knappenberger, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman, said a lawsuit has held up sale of the trees, none of which could be logged this year. The agency, concerned about logger and mill worker safety, will investigate the claim.

"They're gonna go out in a few days and take a look," he said.

In July 2001, a nameless underground group claimed responsibility for a nearly identical crime near Randle. That group claimed to have spiked a portion of the Upper Greenhorn timber sale. The U.S. Forest Service confirmed that spikes were driven into the trees.

Sale of those trees also is being held up by a lawsuit, Knappenberger said.

Earlier this month, anonymous saboteurs claimed to have driven metal and nonmetal spikes into trees "several months ago" in the Pryor timber sale, near Oakridge, in the Willamette National Forest.

"We chose to delay the announcement of this action until logging was imminent," the saboteurs wrote. "The safety of all workers now rests in the hands of Roseburg Forest Products and their partner in crime, the U.S. forest service."

The Forest Service, battling wildfires, has not been able to spare the personnel to investigate the claim, said Rex Holloway, an agency spokesman. Bryan Denson: 503-294-7614; bryandenson@news.oregonian.com
 

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"The safety of all workers now rests in the hands of Roseburg Forest Products and their partner in crime, the U.S. forest service."

Oh really.  And who committed the first crime?  :mad-fumin-red:
 

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