Loggers work near protesting tree sitters in Oregon forest.

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Loggers work near protesting tree sitters in Oregon forest.

Friday, October 5, 2001

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEHALEM, Ore. -- Loggers have begun cutting trees near a platform holding protesters in the Tillamook State Forest as police try to remove the activists from the area.

The Oregon Department of Forestry and the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office closed the logging area to the public and erected checkpoints to stop vehicles on approach roads in God's Valley north of Nehalem.

That cut off food and water deliveries to the tree-borne protesters.

Clatsop County Chief Deputy Dan Laughman said officers asked the protesters to leave Wednesday as loggers began cutting the second of four sections of the Acey Line Thin, a state timber sale that aims to thin some of the oldest timber on Oregon's north coast. Officers told the activists they could be charged with trespassing and hindering logging operations if they remained.

Officers decided they could not safely remove the protesters, although Laughman said they "will probably try a few other things," which he declined to describe.

State foresters said loggers could thin about 90 percent of the 18-acre unit of the timber sale while staying at least 100 feet from the tree sitters so as not to endanger them.

State officials say the project will improve wildlife habitat by speeding the growth of bigger trees that support protected species such as spotted owls and marbled murrelets. But protesters and some neighbors argue the logging will remove some of the Tillamook's rare older trees, disturb wildlife and dirty nearby homes' water supply.
 

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I wonder what  material these neighbors houses are made of. Probably not wood, yeah right. They move to these areas and then try and put restictions on what they consider their own private forest. NIMBY people make me sick. Look at what has happened to the hard working people in the timber industry since the environmental wackos have had their way. The economies of some of the old timber towns has gone south in most cases.
Maybe they will make a mistake and cut the tree down with the protesters in it.
 


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