Last week police in southern Oregon arrested three Greenpeace activists who had chained themselves to a shipping container to block loggers from reaching an old-growth timber sale on federal land. While the activists were booked with misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and interfering with agricultural operations, Greenpeace spokesperson Celia Alario told reporters that the action was the opening round in a series of protests this summer designed to raise awareness about logging efforts underway on the country’s remaining publicly owned old-growth forest lands.
According to Greenpeace, the Bush administration is bent on extraction of resources from public lands, and has approved 188 timber sales on 80,000 acres of old-growth forest on federal Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service lands. Greenpeace campaign director Bill Richardson criticized the administration’s plan to control wildfires through “salvage” logging of publicly owned forests.
“These beautiful, old trees are our national treasures and the lungs of the planet. But instead of protecting the last remaining forests, the Bush administration is attempting to destroy them,” Richardson said. “If Bush continues to ignore the public’s wishes to keep their forests healthy, it will be up to the American people to rescue our public forests from this imminent danger.”